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NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 24, 2011
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Waycross, Georgia: Thanh Truong) An outbreak of wildfires sparked by the drought in the South featured; scenes shown of fires in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina and the funeral for firefighter Josh Burch††, who died along with Brett Fulton†† {photo shown}; emergency worker’s helmet cam video and NASA image of the smoke shown. [Georgia Forestry Commission Troy FLOYD†- says there’s not enough rain to put this fire out.] [Florida Division of Forestry dispatcher Mary BROWN†- says you get to a point when you don’t have personnel to send to these fires.] [Florida Division of Forestry Mark REDDISH†- says the goal is to stop the forward momentum of the fire.] The fires in Oklahoma shown. [Cement, Oklahoma resident R.L. FREEMAN†- comments on evacuating.]

Holt, Lester;
Truong, Thanh

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