A sign with a message of thanks from a homeowner stands in front of a house that was saved by firefighters defending against a huge wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and other st

 

              A sign with a message of thanks from a homeowner stands in front of a house that was saved by firefighters defending against a huge wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and other st
A sign with a message of thanks from a homeowner stands in front of a house that was saved by firefighters defending against a huge wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and other structures in remote, densely forested terrain through the hills outside Manton, Calif. The Ponderosa Fire, which has scorched about 38 square miles, was 50 percent contained Wednesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The threat to homes about 35 miles east of Redding has dropped from 3,500 earlier this week to roughly 200 residences. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)