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Our world in photos: June 18

Firefighter Chris Fritz works to keep the Aero Fire from spreading through the Copperopolis community of Calaveras County, Calif., on Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Photo: Noah Berger/AP

CALIFORNIA — Nature’s revenge — the out-of-control forest fires just keep coming: Firefighter Chris Fritz works to keep the Aero Fire from spreading through the Copperopolis community of Calaveras County, Calif., on Monday, June 17, 2024. As of Tuesday afternoon, June 18, evacuations were ordered after the Aero Fire erupted Monday and spread over more than 8 square miles near Copperopolis. While firefighters were containing the blaze in southern California, new wildfires were breaking out about 100 miles east of San Francisco in the state’s northern portion.

Associated Press reported that firefighters were building and reinforcing fire control lines and working to protect power facilities, oil lines, recreational areas and other critical infrastructure.

An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Aero Fire in the Copperopolis community of Calaveras County, Calif., Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Photo: Noah Berger/AP

CALIFORNIA — An ominous batch of flame retardant becomes necessary, as hazardous as some of these chemicals have proven to be: An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Aero Fire in the Copperopolis community of Calaveras County, Calif., Monday, June 17, 2024. The fire, which broke out Saturday, June 15, near a stretch of Interstate 5, the West Coast’s main transit artery, was about 20 percent contained as of Tuesday. But hot, dry weather and winds from the north are synergistically causing the wildfire to strengthen as it heads southward.

As of press time, firefighting efforts were being focused in an area near Pyramid Lake.

Britain's King Charles III and Queen Camilla wave as they arrive by carriage on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP

ASCOT — How do we know we’re at the royal races? It’s those special hats: Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Camilla wave as they arrive by carriage on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The prestigious Royal Ascot, held each year in June, showcases not only the fashion style of Britain’s leading families but also the best in racing. The Royal Ascot is also steeped in British history and tradition, dating back to the early 18th century when, in 1711, Queen Anne, during one of her rides from Windsor Castle, discovered a parcel of land “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch.” That land became Ascot Racecourse, which, for the past three centuries, has been host to Britain’s famous championship horse races

Among this year’s attendees are Princess Anne, her daughters, and Queen Camilla’s son, Thomas Parker-Bowles — in his own right — an award-winning food writer and restaurant critic whose book on British culinary history, “Cooking and the Crown: Royal Recipes from Queen Victoria to King Charles III,” will be published this fall, complete with recipes of some of the more unusual items, such as Buckingham Palace Mutton Pies.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, center, holds up the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy as he celebrates with the team after they won the NBA basketball championship with a Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, June 17, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Photo: Charles Krupa/AP

BOSTON — All of Bean Town seems to be beaming: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, center, holds up the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy as he celebrates with the team after they won the NBA basketball championship with a Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, June 17, 2024, in Boston. The Celtics, which won the game 106-88, thus clinching the franchise’s 18th championship, also broke a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most championships in league history. Boston earned its latest title on the 16th anniversary of hoisting its last Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2008. On this occasion, Celtics stars Tatum and Brown also earned their first NBA Championship rings.

The Boston Celtics got their nickname “Celtics” and their mascot “Lucky the Leprechaun” thanks to this key New England city’s historically major Irish population and to history: The Original Celtics, a barnstorming basketball team that played in the early 20th century, according to the Associated Press.

Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun as they arrive to cast stones at pillars in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Muslim pilgrims were wrapping up the Hajj pilgrimage in the deadly summer heat on Tuesday with the third day of the symbolic stoning of the devil, and the farewell circling around Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

MECCA — As climate changes, protective umbrellas become more de rigueur, even at public stonings: Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun as they arrive to cast stones, but nobody was murdered. The targets are pillars playing their part in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Muslim pilgrims were wrapping up the Hajj pilgrimage in the deadly summer heat on Tuesday, with the third day of the symbolic stoning of the devil and the farewell circling around Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. 

The conclusion of the Hajj — one of the Five Pillars of Islam — also marks the start of the Eid al-Adha, which marks the sacrifice of Ishmael and God’s provision of a ram for this son of Ibrahim, which Muslims observe worldwide. It is during Eid al-Adha that the pilgrims throw the pebbles to the pillar.

A man and a boy fish on Shawnee Mission lake at the end of a warm Monday, June 17, 2024, in Shawnee, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

KANSAS — As urban readers, we accept that ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’ — but here’s a nice image: A man and a boy fish on Shawnee Mission lake at the end of a warm Monday, June 17, 2024, in Shawnee, Kan. The 120-acre lake is popular for boating, fishing, sailing, and paddleboarding, among other activities. The lake is stocked with channel catfish, large and smallmouth bass, wipers, and crappie.

However, people wishing to fish in the lake must apply for and obtain both a Kansas fishing license and a Johnson County Parks and Recreation District permit issued by the jurisdiction covering Shawnee Lake. The requirement extends to those under age 16.

About a dozen fairy doors have been discovered in Brooklyn Heights. This one bears a message of love. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Mysterious ‘fairy doors’ are appearing in parts of Brooklyn Heights, perhaps reflecting the enchantment felt by those who live in New York’s first historic district: Much of the original 19th-century scale has been preserved in the Heights, thanks to 50-foot height restrictions on any new construction. As of this week, approximately a dozen ‘portals to fairyland’ have been seen on tree trunks in the North Heights. Experts say that fairy doors are actually portals to the fairy dimension, whether the fairies themselves build them or their allies in the human world do.  For another entree into this magical neighborhood, read the whole story by Mary Frost.

Two famous fairies who have left their imprint on Brooklyn Heights over the decades were Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, whom the late beloved theatre teacher Jane Stanton welcomed to Packer for several weeks in 1972-73. And, according to some local records, including the Brooklyn Heights Blog, in 2012, a leprechaun named Og, in search of the pot of gold that was “borrowed” from him, took up residence at 26 Willow Place during the Heights Players’ magical production of “Finian’s Rainbow.”

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) hangs on the rim after a dunk during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals Monday, June 17, 2024, in Boston. (Peter Casey/Pool Photo via AP)
Photo: Peter Casey/Pool Photo via AP

BOSTON — Where dunkers get to swing — whether the ball goes in or not: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) hangs on the rim after a dunk during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals Monday, June 17, 2024, in Boston. The game ended with Boston clinching its 18th championship and breaking a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most championships.

Boston won against Dallas four games to one in the finals. Dallas will now have to wait until October for the start of the next season.

A racegoer pose for the media, as armed police stand guard near the main entrance on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP

ASCOT — A glance at the off-track scene: A racegoer poses for the media as armed police stand guard near the main entrance on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. “Royal Ascot is the crown jewel of the summer sporting calendar, renowned for its explosive racing, long-standing traditions and being equally synonymous with sartorial elegance,” according to the event website.

The races that were scheduled to be run on Tuesday (England is five hours ahead of New York) were The Coventry Stakes, The King’s Stand Stakes, The St. James’ Palace Stakes and the Ascot Stakes, among many others.

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