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Bob Folsom pets his dogs at his home outside Manton, Calif.,  Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, where he remained to protect his property as the fast-moving Ponderosa Fire bore down within a half-mile of his home over the weekend. Folsom, who works at a local hydroelectric facility, said he has prepared for a fire over the years_ he thinned trees, dug a pond for water storage and installed hydrants for a hose. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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