Article Photos: Residents relax as fire threat abates in California 2/11

Flames and smoke from the Ponderosa Fire are seen, Monday Aug. 20, 2012, near Paynes Creek, Calif.  Nearly 1,900 firefighters were battling the Ponderosa Fire in rugged, densely forested terrain as it threatened 3,500 homes in the towns of Manton, Shingletown and Viola, about 170 miles north of Sacramento. AP photo