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Dry conditions fuel blazes in the U.S.

A DC-10 tanker drops fire retardant on a wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains in Azusa, Calif., on Sept. 24. The fire burned hundreds of acres after breaking out Monday night, spreading smoke over foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles. Nick Ut / AP
Jeremy Ward, captain of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), investigates the cause of the so-called Clover Fire in Happy Valley, Calif., on Sept. 11. The fire has burned 7,400 acres and was 40 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon. Max Whittaker / Reuters
A truck burned by the Clover Fire is seen amongst trees in Happy Valley, Calif., on Sept. 11. The fire has burned 7,400 acres and was 40 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon. Max Whittaker / Reuters
Firefighter Chris Williams mops-up a Clover Fire hot spot in Happy Valley, Calif., on Sept. 10. Max Whittaker / Reuters
A helicopter drops water on the Morgan Fire as it advances down a rugged hillside at Mount Diablo State Park near Clayton, Calif., on Sept. 9. The small, but fast-growing brush fire threatens about 50 to 75 homes according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman. Noah Berger / Reuters
Residents evacuate livestock during wildfires on the east side of Mount Diablo, near Clayton, Calif., on Sept. 8. At least 800 acres were affected by wildfire and residents were forced to evacuate. Peter Dasilva / EPA
Smoke rises as vegetation burns on the east side of Mount Diablo, near Clayton, Calif., on Sept. 8. Peter Dasilva / EPA
A firefighter stands on top of a fire truck at a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Aug. 26. Crews working to contain one of California's largest-ever wildfires gained some ground against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. Jae C. Hong / AP
The Rim Fire burns along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Aug. 25. With winds gusting and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park. Jae C. Hong / AP
Inmate firefighters walk along state Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Aug. 25. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. Jae C. Hong / AP
A helicopter air tanker dumps water as the sun sets at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho on Aug. 17. Jim Urquhart / Reuters
Firefighters clear a burned area at the Beaver Creek wildfire outside Hailey, Idaho on Aug. 17. Jim Urquhart / Reuters
Flames blaze down a ridge as the Beaver Creek wildfire rages outside Hailey on Aug. 16. Jim Urquhart / Reuters
Tyler Kennedy of the Idaho City Hotshots monitors burnout operations around Pine, Idaho, where the Elk Complex lightning-caused fire continued to burn on Aug. 14. Ashley Smith / AP
A back burn takes hold to combat the 111,000 acre Elk Complex Fire on Aug. 14 near Pine, Idaho. Ashley Smith / AP
Untouched homes sit next to the ashes of a home and blackened foliage near Rockport, Utah, on Aug. 14, 2013. The wildfire, which appears to have been started by lightning, has burned about 400 acres. Ravell Call / Deseret News via AP
Burned cattle carcasses lie on the ground on Bill Corlett's property northwest of Fairfield, Idaho, on Aug. 13. Corlett lost 100 cattle during an Aug. 8 wildfire. Ashley Smith / The Times-News via AP
The Patch Springs fire burns at the south end of the Stansbury Mountains, near Tooele, Utah, Aug. 12, 2013. Ravell Call / Deseret News via AP
The Patch Springs fire burns at the south end of the Stansbury Mountains, near Tooele, Utah,on Aug. 12, 2013. Ravell Call / Deseret News via AP
A firefighter with the Idaho City Hotshots looks for spot fires during a back burn along the Pine-Featherville Road while battling the Elk Complex Fire, near Pine, Idaho, on Aug. 12. Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate their homes after a raging wildfire that has already charred almost 100,000 acres began to nip at the edges of two Idaho mountain resort towns. Ashley Smith / The Times-News via AP
A helicopter drops water over a wildfire on Aug. 8. in Cabazon, Calif. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes as a wind-whipped wildfire, which has already swept across 14,000 acres, continued to spread towards Palm Springs. Jae C. Hong / AP
Fire photographer Shawn Kaye stops shooting photos and picks up a garden hose to help save a house as its garage is fully consumed flames from the Silver Fire near Banning, Calif., on Aug. 7. The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles (145 km) outside Los Angeles in Riverside County, and within hours had blackened more than 5,000 acres, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlandt said. Gene Blevins / Reuters
Wind-blown embers fly from an ancient oak tree that burned in the Silver Fire near Banning, Calif., on Aug. 7, 2013. David McNew / Reuters
Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area Banning, Calif., on Aug. 7. David McNew / Reuters
A pickup truck is engulfed in flames as the Silver Fire roars through a residential area near Hwy. 243 and Twin Pines Road between Banning and Idyllwild, Calif., on Aug. 7. Frank Bellino / The Press-Enterprise via AP
A deer walks through the charred landscape looking for food after the Mountain Fire raced through the area on July 18, near Idyllwild, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
Metal that melted out of a burning BMW car lies next to a destroyed home after the Mountain Fire scorched the area on July 18 near Idyllwild, Calif. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
Smoke from the Mountain Fire rises in the background behind the burned remains of a home near Lake Hemet, Calif., on July 16. Close to 6,000 people in Southern California were forced to leave their homes as a wildfire spread through dry brush. Frank Bellino / The Press-Enterprise via AP
Smoke from the Carpenter 1 Fire in the Spring Mountains range is illuminated by the setting sun as it billows behind hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip on July 9. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
A family visiting the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area takes photos as smoke from the Carpenter 1 Fire rises over Mount Charleston near Las Vegas on July 9. Chase Stevens / AP
A wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz., on June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. David Kadlubowski / The Arizona Republic via AP
Colorado State Patrol officer Jessie Bartunek talks to a motorist as he stands at a checkpoint near South Fork on June 23. Hundreds of people were driven from their homes in the town of South Fork as a cluster of roaring wildfires – collectively known as the West Fork Complex Fire – scorched its way through the southern part of the state. Gregory Bull / AP
Firefighters stage in a residential area in South Fork as they monitor a wildfire that burns west of town on June 21. The town was evacuated and U.S. 160 that passes through it was closed. Ed Andrieski / AP
Some rises from the the West Fork Complex Fire on June 20. Pike Hotshots / U.S. Forest Service via Reuters
An aerial view of burned out vehicles in the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs on June 13. Thousands of Colorado Springs residents remained poised for mandatory evacuation orders June 13 as crews fought to prevent the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history from spreading inside the city limits. Rick Wilking / Reuters
A house sits undamaged in the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs on June 13. Rick Wilking / Reuters
Jaycie Francis, right, looks at the spot where she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television as she is comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk, in Black Forest, Colo., on June 13. Jerilee Bennett / The Colorado Springs Gazette via AP
Yuccas catch fire as the Powerhouse Fire makes a fast run toward Lake Hughes, Calif., on June 1. David Mcnew / Getty Images
A man looks at approaching flames as the Springs Fire continues to grow, May 3, near Camarillo, Calif. The wildfire spread to more than 18,000 acres on day two and was only 20 percent contained Friday evening. David Mcnew / Getty Images