California is facing
one of its worst fire seasons ever, thanks to extremely dry conditions caused by four years of drought. Firefighters have been tackling blazes across the parched state since the start of the summer.
The Rocky Fire, which ignited at the end of July, consumed nearly 70,000 acres of northern California. This fire was on the verge of being contained, but there are fears it could merge with another huge blaze that has sprung up. The Jerusalem fire is raging through dry brush north of Napa Valley wine country.
All of the blazes have been fed by thickets of vegetation left desiccated by four years of drought, and fire managers said they were bracing for hot, dry conditions to persist throughout the summer.
IBTimesUK looks back at California's long, hot summer. 13 June 2015: Firefighters from the Plumas Hotshots watch for flying embers as a backfire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Hyampom, California Noah Berger/Reuters 13 June 2015: Firefighters Jesse Hodorowski and Joe Perez monitor the Saddle Fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Hyampom, California Noah Berger/Reuters 24 June 2015: Fire personnel trucks are parked along a road in a burnt-out area near Markleeville, California Matt Call/ Nevada Department of Forestry/Reuters 17 July 2015: An air tanker drops fire retardant on the North Fire near Phelan, southern California Gene Blevins/Reuters 18 July 2015: An inmate crew fights the North Fire, which caused people to abandon their vehicles and flee as flames jumped the 215 freeway near Victorville, California David McNew/Getty Images 23 July 2015: A helicopter collects water from Putah Creek to help fight the Wragg Fire near Winters, northern California Josh Edelson/AFP 30 July 2015: A firefighter wipes sweat from his forehead while battling the Rocky Fire in Lower Lake, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 30 July 2015: The Rocky Fire burns through a fence line in Lake County, 110 miles north of San Francisco. Max Whittaker/Reuters 30 July 2015: Firefighters watch the Rocky Fire advance in Lake County, California. After two days, the fire had spread to 8,000 acres Max Whittaker/Reuters 31 July 2015: Goats run away from their pen after firefighters freed them as the Rocky Fire approachd Lower Lake, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 31 July 2015: Flames from the Rocky Fire begin to consume a house in Lower Lake, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 1 August 2015: Cal Fire firefighters watch smoke rise from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California. Over 1,900 firefighters were battling the Rocky Fire that had burned over 22,000 acres Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 2 August 2015: A Cal Fire firefighter douses flames from a backfire while fighting the Rocky Fire off highway 20 near Clear Lake, California Josh Edelson/AFP 2 August 2015: Flames from the Rocky Fire burns a fire hazard sign near Clearlake, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 2 August 2015: Cal Fire firefighters monitor a backfire ahead of the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 2 August 2015: A Cal Fire truck is driven away from flames during the Rocky fire near Clearlake, California Josh Edelson/AFP 2 August 2015: An air tanker drops fire retardant along a ridge to help contain the Rocky fire near Clearlake, California Josh Edelson/AFP 3 August 2015: A firefighter rescues a dog that was tied to a fence at a home along Highway 20 during the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, California Stephen Lam/Reuters 3 August 2015: A Cal Fire firefighter uses a drip torch to burn dry grass during a backfire operation to head off the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 3 August 2015: A Cal Fire firefighter is silhouetted in the light of his headlamp as he monitors a backfire while battling the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 5 August 2015: The remains of a vehicle burned by the Rocky Fire is seen near Clearlake, California. The blaze had charred some 68,300 acres, destroyed more than 50 buildings and displaced thousands of residents Stephen Lam/Reuters 11 August 2015: A Cal Fire firefighter stands in front of a burning bush during the Jerusalem Fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, California Stephen Lam/Getty Images 12 August 2015: Firefighters look on during the Jerusalem Fire, which had spread across 14,000 acres (5,665 hectares) and was burning aggressively through drought-parched vegetation north of Napa Valley wine country Robert Galbraith/Reuters 12 August 2015: Tall flames from the Jerusalem Fire consume a dry tree in Lake County, California Robert Galbraith/Reuters 12 August 2015: Flames from the Jerusalem Fire consume a street sign along Morgan Valley Road in Lake County, forcing residents to evacuate their homes for the second time in as many weeks. Robert Galbraith/Reuters