Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a prescribed fire June 11 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)

Firefighter Andrew Pettit walks among the flames during a prescribed fire June 11 in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. (Brian Melley/The Associated Press)

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