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A helicopter drops into Battle Creek Canyon outside Mineral, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 with a load of fire retardant for the spearhead of the Ponderosa Fire. Fire officials said they were trying to stop the spread of the fire with retardant and water drops to keep it from running up the canyon and through commercial timberland. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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