Fire crews prepare to drop water onto the Ponderosa Fire from a helicopter near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Fire crews prepare to drop water onto the Ponderosa Fire from a helicopter near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug.  23, 2012. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Fire crews prepare to drop water onto the Ponderosa Fire from a helicopter near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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