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Florida / Wildfires #181417

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 03, 1998
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) The worsening of the Florida fires noted.

(Ormond Beach, Florida: Dean Reynolds) The central Florida wildfires featured; scenes shown of people leaving Flagler County and of helicopters on the job. [Three EVACUEES, emergency response team leader Craig FUGATE - comment on the fires.] The difficult job for the fire fighters battling the heat as well the blaze discussed.

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(No location given: Gina Smith) The view that overdevelopment and destruction of the Florida wetlands set the stage for the dryness and consequent fires examined; details given of the phenomenon of evapo- transporation that produces quick local storms. [Ecologist Kevin POPE, aquatic ecologist Robert LIVINGSTON - comment on the changing weather conditions when wetlands are paved over.]

Reynolds, Dean;
Sawyer, Forrest;
Smith, Gina

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