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Eco-photos of the week: May 10-16

By: Devereaux Bell on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
A woman hoses ash from her driveway behind a hedge of bushes charred black and stripped bare by the Jesusita fire

Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

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A woman hoses ash from her driveway behind a hedge of bushes charred black and stripped bare by the Jesusita fire in Santa Barbara, California. Most of the 30,500 residents who were forced to evacuate as the 8,700-acre wildfire closed in have now been allowed to return home, as cloudy skies and diminished winds finally gave firefighters an advantage over the fire -- but not before it destroyed about 80 homes.