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Photographer Rob Badger photographs firefighters setting a back burn to stop the advance of the Zaca Fire, which had been burning for two months in the mountains Santa Barbara County, California. After 100 Years of Human Fire Suppression that Prevented the Natural Rhythms of Burning and Regeneration, Flames from the Zaca Wildfire, 2007, Have Cleared Out Decades of Overgrown Areas and Allowed the Landscape to Return to Its Normal Cycle of Plant Succession in an Area Habituated to Thousands of Years of Naturally Caused Fires. Los Padres National Forest, California. The fire burned more than 240,000 acres-the second largest fire in California history- and took just under three months to contain.

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