WRIGHTWOOD, CA – Firefighters are dwarfed by towering flames as they set a backfire to try to stop the 3,500-acre Sheep fire from reaching the town of Wrightwood, a half-mile away on October 4, 2009 near Wrightwood, California. The wildfire began near Lytle Creek and is threatening the mountain ski community of Wrightwood and other communities. Strong erratic winds and a steep terrain is driving the wildfire through the San Gabriel Mountains, charring more than 3,500 acres and destroying at least four homes so far. Approximately 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze. (David McNew / ***** Images)
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