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11 Astonishing Pictures Of California's Wildfires

Firefighters have been battling a series of huge blazes in the state.

Posted on September 17, 2014, at 8:29 a.m. ET

A series of huge wildfires have been burning in California over the last few days.

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A fire approaches the shores of Bass Lake on Sunday.

The King Fire, which started on Saturday, has been spreading rapidly in the Pollock Pines area.

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Flames and smoke from the King Fire fill the sky above Fresh Pond yesterday.

So far, the King Fire has burned 12,780 acres (around 20 square miles), and is only 5% contained, according to Cal Fire. Five hundred homes are threatened.

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A firefighter watches as the King Fire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond.

The fire's advance was so strong that specially trained federal firefighters took control of battling the flames on Tuesday.

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The fire reached Highway 50 late on Tuesday, causing huge explosions of fire and smoke that threatened to affect both sides of the road, USA Today reported.

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Firefighters battling the blaze near Fresh Pond.

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Jets have been attempting to fight California's fires from the air by dropping fire retardant.

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AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Mark Crosse

Another large blaze — the Boles Fire — has been burning near Weed, Siskiyou County, damaging or destroying over 150 structures.

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In this image, Weed resident Kathy Besk (left) is comforted by her daughter Shelley as they stand in the burned-out ruins of their home.