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ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 30, 2003
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(Washington: Peter Jennings) The ongoing battle against eight major fires in southern California updated; map shown.

(Julian: Brian Rooney) The impact of changing weather on the wildfires featured; scenes shown from near Lake Arrowhead, of burning houses & from Cuyamaca, where all the volunteer firefighters lost their homes. [Forest Service Tricia ABBAS†, NOAA meteorologist Bob BALFOUR†- react to the moisture & its effect on the fire.] [San Diego CORONER - expects more deaths.] [Cuyamaca fire department Col. Carl SCHWEIKER†- comments on the firefighters' job.] The manslaughter charges against the hunter who set a signal fire that turned into the massive wildfire noted.

(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Santa Clarita & Stevenson Ranch, California: Mike von Fremd) The story of one community that was spared from the fire by its design visited; scenes shown from Southern Oaks. [RESIDENT - comments on the fire.] [Homeowner Michael BELMONT†, Beazer Construction Clarence CLEMMONS†, San Diego fire department Capt. Don SANER†- talk about building to thwart fire.]

Jennings, Peter;
Rooney, Brian;
von Fremd, Mike

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