A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in California

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A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California. Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe.

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