Residents relax as fire threat abates in California - Article Photos 4/11

Rick Ortega, at right, of Cottonwood, Calif., watches a plume of smoke from the Ponderosa Fire alongside his daughter-in-law Christie Ortega and her two sons Barrett, second from left, and Chase at a look up point near Mineral, Calif., Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Residents of the tiny mountain town of Mineral, Calif., breathed easier Friday after air tankers and helicopters blunted the run of a massive wildfire in Northern California just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park. Sixty-four homes and 20 other buildings have been destroyed, mostly in the Manton area, since lightning ignited the blaze Saturday. AP photo