Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

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Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

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A tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, Calif., firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during the River wildfire near Lakeport, Calif. Wildfires that have long shaped the landscape of the U.S. West are getting bigger and burning longer – bringing more choking smoke, deadly mudslides and habitat loss.
This image posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released by NASA, on Aug. 20 shows Western states, California at left, shrouded in smoke from the more than 100 large fires, including smaller fires within each complex of fires, that have erupted across the region during this fire season.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

A tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, Calif., firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during the River wildfire near Lakeport, Calif. Wildfires that have long shaped the landscape of the U.S. West are getting bigger and burning longer – bringing more choking smoke, deadly mudslides and habitat loss.
This image posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released by NASA, on Aug. 20 shows Western states, California at left, shrouded in smoke from the more than 100 large fires, including smaller fires within each complex of fires, that have erupted across the region during this fire season.
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