Dramatic photos capture California hit by record-breaking fires

California is set for another record year of wildfires as the state enters its most dangerous months, with extreme heat and dry terrain creating the conditions for rapid spread.

More than twice as many acres burned in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year – and hundreds more fires, officials said.

Flames from the Sugar fire consumed a home on Saturday in Doyle, California.

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June saw a series of destructive fires that swept through rural counties on the state’s northern edge, fueled by a historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. But July is already shaping up to be worse.

The Sugar fire had spread to 83,256 acres by Sunday, making it the largest so far this year in California. Flames swept through the small town of Doyle, destroying homes and other structures. Triggered by lightning in the Plumas National Forest, it forced 3,000 to flee their homes in Plumas and Lassen counties.

Flames are seen through the window of an automobile

The Sugare fire ravages Doyle, in northern California.

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An electric pole in flames

An electric pole burns in Doyle, California.

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A man in a field with flames in the background

David Garfield clears a firewall around his home in Doyle, California.

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Plumes of smoke and fire rise above Frenchman Lake

Plumes of smoke from the Sugar Fire rise above Frenchman Lake in the Plumas National Forest, California.

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Firefighters walking in single file with smoke in the background

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters prepare to fight the Sugar Blaze in Doyle, California.

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Animal sprints on road as vegetation burns

An animal sprints down a road in the Plumas National Forest, California.

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Firefighter Kyle Jacobson watches over Sugar's fire

Firefighter Kyle Jacobson is watching the Sugar Friday fire in the Plumas National Forest.

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Two firefighters are silhouetted with orange smoke in the background

Firefighters are fighting the Sugar fire in the Plumas National Forest.

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The smoke envelops the trees

Smoke from the Sugar Fire envelops the trees in Doyle, California.

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Firefighters arrive in a fire engine

Firefighters arrive at Frenchman Lake to fight the Sugar Blaze.

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A firefighter stops on a hill as a helicopter flies over

Brian Klatt, a Ukiah Valley Fire Authority firefighter, pauses as a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection helicopter drops in Ukiah, Calif., On Saturday.

(Kent Porter / Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

A burnt vehicle

A burnt out vehicle lies in a clearing in the Lakehead-Lakeshore community of unincorporated Shasta County, California, as salt fire burns nearby.

(Noah Berger / Associated Press)

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