Meet some of the women firefighters battling flames in California

National Geographic photographer profiles some women firefighters during a particularly active season.

Stephanie Lockhart, 28, from the North Lake Tahoe Fire District, works to protect homes and shelters as the Caldor fire rips through the canyon near the Sierra Nevada mountain range at a Lake Tahoe lodge along Highway 50, in California, August 29, 2021. The dramatic fire activity was seen during a day where red flag warnings were in effect, humidity was low, and winds were high, along with other factors that often provide fuel to a fire. According to authorities, the Caldor fire started August 14, 2021. As of October 19, the fire was 98 percent contained but had burned through roughly 222,000 acres.

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