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From left, Kelly Strong, Jane Carney and Sherrill Jenkins, owners of a vacation home in the community of Mineral, Calif., watch helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire. The women said they have gathered belongings from the vacation house and stacked them downstairs in case they get the order to evacuate. The Ponderosa Fire is 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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From left, Kelly Strong, Jane Carney and Sherrill Jenkins, owners of a vacation home in the community of Mineral, Calif., watch helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire. The women said they have gathered belongings from the vacation house and stacked them downstairs in case they get the order to evacuate.  The Ponderosa Fire is 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
From left, Kelly Strong, Jane Carney and Sherrill Jenkins, owners of a vacation home in the community of Mineral, Calif., watch helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Ponderosa Fire. The women said they have gathered belongings from the vacation house and stacked them downstairs in case they get the order to evacuate. The Ponderosa Fire is 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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