Wayne Athey watches smoke from the Ponderosa Fire from a lookout point near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Fire crews saved Athey's cabin along Ponderosa Way in the Battle Creek Canyon region. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. The blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south. More than 2,500 firefighters are battling the wildfire, which grew to 44 square miles in the hills about 25 miles southeast of Redding. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Wayne Athey watches smoke from the Ponderosa Fire from a lookout point near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug.  23,  2012. Fire crews saved Athey's cabin along Ponderosa Way in the Battle Creek Canyon region. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. The blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south. More than 2,500 firefighters are battling the wildfire, which grew to 44 square miles in the hills about 25 miles southeast of Redding. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Wayne Athey watches smoke from the Ponderosa Fire from a lookout point near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Fire crews saved Athey's cabin along Ponderosa Way in the Battle Creek Canyon region. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. The blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south. More than 2,500 firefighters are battling the wildfire, which grew to 44 square miles in the hills about 25 miles southeast of Redding. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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