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Signaling an early arrival of fire season, the Aero Fire burning in Copperopolis sent plenty of smoke into Oakdale and surrounding areas on Monday afternoon, June 17. The fire, which broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday, had grown to more than 5,400 acres later in the evening Monday. By Tuesday, it was just 20 percent contained; some Modesto Fire Department units, including those out of Oakdale, responded with mutual aid. This photo was taken shortly before 6 p.m. Monday in Oakdale, the sun enveloped in an orange haze.

Photo Courtesy Of Randee Souza