Photo Gallery: Residents relax as fire threat abates in California 7/11

Retired California Highway Patrol officer Gale Gilbert talks Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, with Cal Fire fire prevention specialist Es Berliner in front of a map of the Ponderosa Fire in Mineral, Calif. Mineral residents breathed easier Friday after firefighters stopped the spread of the southeastern tip of the fire, which threatens the town and Lassen Volcanic National Park. AP photo