This year’s wildfires are more numerous and have gotten bigger than last year’s.
Aug. 23, 2012 Fire crews drop water on the Ponderosa fire from a helicopter near Mineral, Calif. The fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. The blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south. More than 2,500 firefighters are battling the wildfire, which grew to 44 square miles in the hills about 25 miles southeast of Redding. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Buy Photo