Tragic new photos of the devastating wildfires ravaging California

Summer has just begun and California’s wildfires are already on the move.

The latest blaze, called the Erskine fire, is estimated to be about 70 square miles and is the state’s largest out of the nine ongoing wildfires. The Los Angeles Times reports that so far the fire has claimed the lives of two people and has destroyed 200 structures.

About 2,000 firefighters have been assigned to fight the fire, however, officials estimated on Monday that it was only 45% contained.

Here are some pictures that illustrate the tragic events surrounding the wildfires in California.


Smoke from wildfires burning in Angeles National Forest fills the sky behind the Los Angeles skyline on Monday, June 20, 2016.


A layer of haze shrouds downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday morning on June 22, 2016.


Smoke from the wildfires rises from a hillside near power lines outside Azusa, California, Monday, June 20, 2016.


Residents watch the wildfires in Azusa, California.


A firefighter keeps watch on a wildfire along a hillside in Azusa, California. Police in the city of Azusa and parts of Duarte ordered hundreds of homes evacuated. Others were under voluntary evacuations.


A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop over a wildfire near Bradbury, California on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Cooler, more humid weather gave at least some temporary help Wednesday to crews battling dangerous wildfires in Southern California, while other blazes across the West were on the move.


Firefighters make their way up the hill as they battle a wildfire burning along Highway 178 near Lake Isabella, California, Friday, June 24, 2016. The wildfire that roared across dry brush and trees in the mountains of central California gave residents little time to flee as flames burned homes to the ground, propane tanks exploded and smoke obscured the path to safety.


A firefighter puts out a wildfire burning along Highway 178 near Lake Isabella, California.


A firefighting helicopter prepares to make a water drop on a wildfire in Duarte, California.


A firefighting helicopter drops water near some 700 evacuated homes to protect against an expected wind shift at the San Gabriel Complex Fire in the Angeles National Forest.

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A converted DC-10 Air Tanker drops fire retardant along a ridge to protect communities that border the wilderness at the San Gabriel Complex Fire in the Angeles National Forest.

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A burned out truck rests on a roadside after the Erskine Fire burned through Weldon, California.

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Firefighters mop up a hot spot at a residence leveled by the Erskine Fire in South Lake, California.

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The remains of scorched homes line a street after the Erskine Fire burned through.

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The tile walls surrounding a bathtub are seen in the rubble of a home destroyed by a fire that swept through the area near Lake Isabella in Squirrel Valley, California.


Terralyn Lehman recalls fleeing the Erskine Fire as she sits outside an evacuation center at Kernville Elementary School in Kernville, California. Lehman, whose South Lake home burned Thursday, said the sound of an exploding propane tank woke her and her mom as the flames reached their back fence.

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Alex Thurman, 20, stands in front of a smoldering field as the Erskine Fire burns near Weldon, California. Thurman said he thinks the fire destroyed his neighboring home.

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