The moon, its image distorted by heat, rises over flames from the Alamo Fire on July 8 on a hilltop near Highway 166 east of Santa Maria, California, in Santa Barbara County. Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a California campground. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

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