A helicopter drops fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire deep in Battle Creek Canyon on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 west of Mineral, Calif. The Ponderosa Fire is 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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A helicopter drops fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire deep in Battle Creek Canyon on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 west of Mineral, Calif.  The Ponderosa Fire is 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
A helicopter drops fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire deep in Battle Creek Canyon on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 west of Mineral, Calif. The Ponderosa Fire is 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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