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California / Wildfires #740802

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The ongoing wildfires in southern California reviewed; scenes shown of flames, smoke, burning homes; fire statistics cited; computer map shown.

(Julian: Brian Rooney) The fires featured; details given of the death of the first firefighter in Julian, California; scenes shown of fire on the road, burned houses, an army of firefighters trying to contain the fires, a burned-out news van, the empty village of Big Bear. [FIREFIGHTER, California Department of Forestry division Chief Rick HENSON†, evacuating RESIDENT, MAN - comment on the fires.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(San Bernardino: Judy Muller) The traumatized refugees who fled their homes on the mountain featured; scenes shown from a shelter where the people wait for food & information. [Six EVACUEES - comment on their situations.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Ventura County, California: Neal Karlinsky) The health problems due to air polluted by the fires examined; details given about toxic chemicals in wildfire smoke. [Pregnant WOMAN, young son & mother James & Jennifer BELMONT, soccer PLAYER - worry.] [Mt. Sinai Medical Center-New York Dr. Neil SCHACHTER†- explains how the particles can affect people.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The visit by Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger to Congress, where he sought disaster aid for California, reported. [SCHWARZENEGGER - jokes with a senator.]

Gibson, Charles;
Rooney, Brian;
Muller, Judy;
Karlinsky, Neal

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