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Eco-photos of the week: May 3-9

Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
Surfers enter the water under heavy smoke from the Jesusita fire at Butterfly Beach in Montecito

Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

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Beautiful disaster

Surfers enter the water under heavy smoke from the Jesusita fire at Butterfly Beach in Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara, Calif. Firefighters are experiencing a setback as the out-of-control wildfire is making a run to the west. Santa Barbara is suffering its third major wildfire to burn homes in less than a year. Dozens of homes have been destroyed, firefighters have been injured, and thousands of households are under mandatory evacuation orders.