The end of a perfect summer day finds the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean west of Newport Beach, CA on Sunday August 19, 2007. Smoke from the massive Zaca fire--a 240,000 acre wildfire that burned for more than two months north of Santa Barbara in July and August--adds to the red sky above the setting sun. (Ted Benson / The Modesto Bee)
The end of a perfect summer day finds the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean west of Newport Beach, CA on Sunday August 19, 2007. Smoke from the massive Zaca fire--a 240,000 acre wildfire that burned for more than two months north of Santa Barbara in July and August--adds to the red sky above the setting sun. (Ted Benson / The Modesto Bee) Modesto Bee
The end of a perfect summer day finds the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean west of Newport Beach, CA on Sunday August 19, 2007. Smoke from the massive Zaca fire--a 240,000 acre wildfire that burned for more than two months north of Santa Barbara in July and August--adds to the red sky above the setting sun. (Ted Benson / The Modesto Bee) Modesto Bee

Summer's Swan Song

September 28, 2007 12:00 AM

UPDATED September 28, 2007 03:35 AM

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