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Wildfires sweep across California and western states as record heatwave, drought continue

USA TODAY Logo By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY of USA TODAY | Slide 1 of 36: A A helicopter makes a water drop to put out hotspots in a wildfire in Topanga, west of Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2021.

A A helicopter makes a water drop to put out hotspots in a wildfire in Topanga, west of Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2021.
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