Dramatic photos capture California’s record-breaking fires

Flames from the Dixie fire crest a hill in Lassen National Forest
Flames from the Dixie fire crest a hill in Lassen National Forest near Jonesville, Calif., on July 26.
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What’s become the 15th-largest fire in California history has doubled in size in less than a week, destroying homes in its wake.

The massive Dixie fire burning in Butte County, north of Sacramento, had ballooned to nearly 200,000 acres Monday morning, according to an incident report. It is 22% contained.

The fire achieved “megafire” status when it surpassed 100,000 acres Thursday, spurred on by scorching temperatures and drought conditions that fire officials said have led to the blaze’s explosive growth since it began July 13.

Silhouette of crews setting a ground fire to stop a wildfire from spreading in a forest
Crews set a ground fire to stop a wildfire from spreading while battling the Dixie fire in Lassen National Forest in California on July 26.
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The Dixie fire burns amid billowing smoke and green trees
The Dixie fire burns in Lassen National Forest near Jonesville, Calif., on July 26.
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Smoke from the Dixie fire rises over trees
Smoke from the Dixie fire rises over trees in Lassen National Forest in California.
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Flames from the Dixie fire consume a home in the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, Calif.
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A vehicle goes up in flames as the Dixie fire tears through the Indian Falls community in Plumas County, Calif., on Saturday.
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Firefighters work to save a home as the Dixie fire tears through the Indian Falls community in Plumas County, Calif.
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Firefighter Jesse Forbes rubs his head while battling the Dixie fire near Prattville in Plumas County, Calif.
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William Deal wets down his 1977 Trans Am as the Dixie fire approaches Crescent Mills in Plumas County, Calif.
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Firefighters spray water from Union Pacific Railroad's fire train while battling the Dixie Fire in Plumas National Forest.
Firefighters spray water from Union Pacific Railroad’s fire train while battling the Dixie fire in Plumas National Forest.
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Jessica and Benjamin Bell watch as the Dixie fire burns along Highway 70 in Plumas National Forest.
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A truck and home burn as the Dixie fire tears through the Indian Falls neighborhood of unincorporated Plumas County, Calif.
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Resident Pamela Aylen, right, delivers supplies to one of her neighbors as the two prepare to ride out the Dixie fire
Resident Pamela Aylen, right, delivers supplies to one of her neighbors as the two prepare to ride out the Dixie fire from their homes in spite of evacuation orders in Twain, Calif.
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Twain General Store manager Pamela Aylen gathers supplies to take back to her home.
Twain General Store manager Pamela Aylen gathers supplies to take back to her home, where she plans to ride out the Dixie fire as it approaches the community of Twain in unincorporated Plumas County.
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Resident Jon Cappleman looks on as he prepares to defend his home during the Dixie fire in Twain, Calif.
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Firefighters battle the Tamarack fire in the community of Markleeville in Alpine County, Calif.
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The Tamarack fire burns behind a greenhouse in the community of Markleeville in Alpine County.
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Smoke bellows from the Tamarack fire.
The Tamarack fire had burned 50,129 acres by Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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The Sugar fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex fire, destroys a home Saturday in Doyle, Calif
The Sugar fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex fire, destroys a home Saturday in Doyle, Calif.
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Flames destroy a home with three automobiles in the foreground
Flames from the Sugar fire consume a home Saturday in Doyle, Calif.
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Wildfire experts have said California’s fires are burning faster and arriving earlier this year because heat and drought have dried the landscape and primed vegetation to burn.

Flames are seen through the window of an automobile.
The Sugar fire tears through Doyle in Northern California.
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A power pole in flames
A power pole burns in Doyle, Calif.
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A man in a field with flames in the background
David Garfield clears a fire break around his home in Doyle, Calif.
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Plumes of smoke and fire rise above Frenchman Lake
Plumes of smoke from the Sugar fire rise above Frenchman Lake in Plumas National Forest, Calif.
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Firefighters walking single file with smoke in the background
Firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection prepare to battle the Sugar fire in Doyle, Calif.
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An animal sprints across a road as vegetation burns
An animal sprints across a road in Plumas National Forest, Calif.
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Two firefighters are silhouetted with orange-tinted smoke in the background
Firefighters battle the Sugar fire in Plumas National Forest.
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Smoke envelops trees
Smoke from the Sugar fire envelops trees in Doyle, Calif.
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Firefighters arrive in a fire truck
Firefighters arrive at Frenchman Lake to battle the Sugar fire.
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