12 Jarring Photos of the Ongoing California Wildfires

Firefighters are working to contain massive blazes, which are costing people their health, homes and lives

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A firefighter is seen dousing scattered flames as they move towards homes in Madera County in California on Sept. 7.

Over 500 firefighters and four helicopters were sent to battle the El Dorado blaze east of San Bernardino, which began Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A firework at a "gender reveal" party triggered the fire, which has now spread throughout the area.

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Another firefighter works to fight the sprawling flames in Madera County on Sept. 7.

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A home was completely engulfed by flames during the Creek Fire in Fresno County on Sept. 8.

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Embers fall from the bright red sky as California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five California counties, including Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino and San Diego.

Here, a firefighter walks towards the fire near Shaver Lake on Sept. 8.

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Butte County firefighters watch as flames rise and spread quickly at the Bear Fire in Oroville on Sept. 9.

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A Butte County firefighter is seen dousing flames as thick smoke fills the air around him on Sept. 9.

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Flames begin to tower over Butte County fire trucks on Sept. 9, as seen here.

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Exhausted firefighters (left to right) Rob Spitzer, Max Kitty, Josiah Gist and Hunter Grossmann (with Cal Fire Madera Mariposa Merced Unit - Rancheria) take a break along Waterfall Way in the Cascadel Woods community, where the men have been fighting the Creek Fire since Saturday.

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Firefighter Hunter Grossmann lays down on the side of the road next to a Madera County firetruck to rest from battling against massive flames.

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The countless flames below the orange-lit sky can be seen by the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville on Sept. 9.

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An officer pulls over to the side of the road and watches flames launch into the air as the fire continues to spread in Oroville on Sept. 9.

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This haunting image of the orange sky filled with smoke was taken in Concord on Sept. 9.

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