Rim fire rages near Yosemite

While 2013 is not the most active year on record for wildfires in the U.S., millions of acres still had gone up in smoke by late August, and as usual, California was one of the most active regions. The latest big wildfire is in the central part of the state, near Yosemite National Park, where more than 2,000 firefighters are now combating the blaze. This image was taken by NASA's Aqua satellite on Aug. 22.

Silver Fire Aug. 10, 2013

By the time firefighters contained the Silver Fire in southern California, just south of Banning, it had burned about 20,000 acres, injured eight people, and destroyed 46 structures.

Mountain Fire, July 18

This fire near Palm Springs burned nearly 25,000 acres.

Carstens Fire, June 17

The Carstens fire southwest of California’s Yosemite National Park.

Blazes near Lassen Volcanic National Park

On May 2, 2013, a view of the Panther and Cedar wildfires burning near Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Santa Anas strike near Los Angeles

Fueled by dry Santa Ana winds, fires burned more than 10,000 acres, some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Summit fire

The Summit fire burning in the San Bernardino mountain range.

Powerhouse fire

On May 31, the Powerhouse fire burned near Los Angeles.

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