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In pictures: Fiery California battles record blaze

Firefighters ride in the back of a pickup truck while battling the Ranch Fire on New Long Valley Road near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018.
Firefighters ride in the back of a pickup truck while battling the Ranch Fire on New Long Valley Road near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. Noah Berger, AFP

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An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burning near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 5, 2018. Two blazes mercilessly charring northern California grew so rapidly that they became the US state’s largest ever recorded on Monday, August 6, only eight months after the Thomas Fire broke the previous record. Noah Berger, AFP

Fifteen-year-old Alex Schenck carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home as the Ranch Fire tore down New Long Valley Road near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. The Ranch Fire is one of two blazes, along with the River Fire, that make up the Mendocino Complex Fire, about 160 kilometres north of San Francisco. Noah Berger, AFP

A deer runs from Ranch Fire flames near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. The largest wildfire in recorded California history covered more than 302,000 acres (122,215 hectares) on Wednesday, August 8. Noah Berger, AFP

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect two bulldozers below cutting fire lines at the River Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, near Lakeport, California, on August 2, 2018. Fire authorities do not expect to have the record blaze under full control until September. Fred Greaves, Reuters

An aircrew from the 163d Attack Wing, California, Air National Guard, fly an MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft to scan the Mendocino Complex Fire in northern California on August 4, 2018. US Air National Guard/Senior Airman Crystal Housman/Handout via Reuters

Firefighters ride in the back of a pickup truck while battling the Ranch Fire on New Long Valley Road near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. More than 4,000 firefighters are confronting the Mendocino Complex Fire, some travelling from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to help tame the inferno. Noah Berger, AFP

Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses against flames from the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, as it spread towards the town of Upper Lake, California, on August 2, 2018. Nearly 20 major fires have raged across the sprawling US state over the past two weeks, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures. Mark Ralston, AFP

A firefighter gathers water from a swimming pool while battling the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. California's recent spate of wildfires has left at least nine people dead, including four firefighters. Noah Berger, AFP

A singed page from a book is seen amidst the remains of a home in Spring Valley, near Clearlake Oaks, northern California, on August 7, 2018. All together, the fires burning in California have displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed 1,500 structures. Josh Edelson, AFP

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