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Wildfires burn six UC Natural Reserves; seventh threatened

Quail Ridge Reserve director Shane Waddell’s house burned to the ground, leaving little more than the foundation and his children’s outdoor play structure. (Photo by Shane Waddell)

Wildfires are burning at an unprecedented rate in six reserves in the UC Natural Reserve System across northern and central California, and threaten a seventh. Blazes sparked by both lightning and arson have consumed nine buildings and one vehicle, as well as an untold number of acres of grassland, forest, chaparral and other natural habitats.

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