Members of a Cal Fire crew take a break Saturday as the Rocky Fire continued to spread through the countryside east of Clear Lake. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Among the dozens of fires burning across California right now, the Rocky Fire, burning southeast of Clear Lake — about 80 miles north of San Francisco — is the largest and most dangerous. Local officials warned thousands of residents of two towns, Lower Lake and Clearlake, that they should be ready to evacuate. The fire had burned about 60,000 acres — 94 square miles — as of Monday morning and was only 12 percent contained. Fire crews from around the Bay Area and across the state are part of the fight, focusing largely on protecting structures the fire threatens.

Photographers Justin Sullivan of Getty Images and Josh Edelson of Agence France-Presse have been documenting the fire and filed the images in the gallery below.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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