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Windy Fire threatens California's iconic sequoia forest

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24.  
 REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson
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A hotshot crew marches to a spot fire as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, near Sugarloaf, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

A hotshot crew marches to a spot fire as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, near Sugarloaf, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

A hotshot crew marches to a spot fire as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, near Sugarloaf, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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A volunteer attempts to evacuate horses to safety in California Hot Springs as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 25. REUTERS/David Swanson

A volunteer attempts to evacuate horses to safety in California Hot Springs as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 25. REUTERS/David Swanson

A volunteer attempts to evacuate horses to safety in California Hot Springs as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 25. REUTERS/David Swanson
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The Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, near Sugarloaf, California, September 26.       REUTERS

The Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, near Sugarloaf, California, September 26.     REUTERS

The Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, near Sugarloaf, California, September 26.     REUTERS
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Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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A fireman watches the Windy Fire expand across the Pine Flats, in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 25. REUTERS/David Swanson

A fireman watches the Windy Fire expand across the Pine Flats, in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 25. REUTERS/David Swanson

A fireman watches the Windy Fire expand across the Pine Flats, in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 25. REUTERS/David Swanson
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The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson
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Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26.   REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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A sign is seen close to where firefighters started a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

A sign is seen close to where firefighters started a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

A sign is seen close to where firefighters started a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 24. REUTERS/David Swanson
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A sequoia is sprayed as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

A sequoia is sprayed as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

A sequoia is sprayed as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson
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Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters start a controlled burn near Sugarloaf as the Windy Fire expands in the Sequoia National Forest, California, September 26. REUTERS/David Swanson
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The Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.        REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson
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Firefighters from Orange County takes photos as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters from Orange County takes photos as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

Firefighters from Orange County takes photos as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson
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The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 20. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 20. REUTERS/David Swanson

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 20. REUTERS/David Swanson
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Firefighters cover a sign at Sequoia National Park, California, September 17.    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service/via REUTERS

Firefighters cover a sign at Sequoia National Park, California, September 17.    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service/via REUTERS

Firefighters cover a sign at Sequoia National Park, California, September 17.    Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service/via REUTERS
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Sequoia trees are seen amid smoke in the Sequoia National Forest in California, September 17. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

Sequoia trees are seen amid smoke in the Sequoia National Forest in California, September 17. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

Sequoia trees are seen amid smoke in the Sequoia National Forest in California, September 17. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
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Hot spots from the Windy Fire glow under a harvest moon in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 20. REUTERS/David Swanson

Hot spots from the Windy Fire glow under a harvest moon in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 20. REUTERS/David Swanson

Hot spots from the Windy Fire glow under a harvest moon in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 20. REUTERS/David Swanson
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A General Sherman tree wrapped in foil as KNP Complex Fire rages in Three Rivers, California, September 17.   Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service/via REUTERS

A General Sherman tree wrapped in foil as KNP Complex Fire rages in Three Rivers, California, September 17. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service/via REUTERS

A General Sherman tree wrapped in foil as KNP Complex Fire rages in Three Rivers, California, September 17. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Service/via REUTERS
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Smoke from a fire is seen through the trees of The Lost Grove in the Sequoia National Forest in California, September 17. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

Smoke from a fire is seen through the trees of The Lost Grove in the Sequoia National Forest in California, September 17. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

Smoke from a fire is seen through the trees of The Lost Grove in the Sequoia National Forest in California, September 17. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
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A huge tree is marked unsafe by firefighters as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

A huge tree is marked unsafe by firefighters as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson

A huge tree is marked unsafe by firefighters as the Windy Fire burns amid Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, September 21.      REUTERS/David Swanson
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The glow from the KNP Complex fire burning in Sequoia National Park is seen in the hills behind homes in Three Rivers, California, September 18.  REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The glow from the KNP Complex fire burning in Sequoia National Park is seen in the hills behind homes in Three Rivers, California, September 18.  REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The glow from the KNP Complex fire burning in Sequoia National Park is seen in the hills behind homes in Three Rivers, California, September 18.  REUTERS/Fred Greaves
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A fire truck drives by a wooden sign wrapped in fire resistant aluminum to protect it from the KNP Complex fire, at the entrance of the Sequoia National Park, in Tulare County, California, September 18.  
  REUTERS/Fred Greaves

A fire truck drives by a wooden sign wrapped in fire resistant aluminum to protect it from the KNP Complex fire, at the entrance of the Sequoia National Park, in Tulare County, California, September 18. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

A fire truck drives by a wooden sign wrapped in fire resistant aluminum to protect it from the KNP Complex fire, at the entrance of the Sequoia National Park, in Tulare County, California, September 18. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
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