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In this photo taken Monday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2011, a DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant on the Powerline Fire along Hwy 26 west of Warm Springs, Ore. The other plane is the lead plane moving out of the big jet's way. A total of 12 large fires were burning more than 130,000 acres in Oregon, with 2,400 people fighting them, said Jaree Mills of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Most were ignited by lightning storms Wednesday night and over the weekend. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Rob Kerr)