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CNN Evening News for Friday, Oct 31, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Lake Arrowhead: Frank Buckley) The aftermath of the California wildfires updated; details given of concerns that the San Diego wildfire could have been contained when it first started & that funds were not granted by Federal Emergency Management Agency {FEMA} to remove dead trees in another area where fire struck examined; scenes shown of the flames, burned-out trees, people in shelters. [Helicopter pilot Dave WELDON†- outlines what they were told.] [Governor-elect Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER - comments.] [FEMA OFFICIAL - comments on funding.] [At shelter, WOMAN - wonders.] The view that the corner has been turned in fighting the fires discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) "Washington Post" aerial picture of one home standing in a burned-out San Diego neighborhood shown.

(San Diego, California: Jason Carroll) The neighborhood of Pine Castle Street in a San Diego suburb visited; scenes shown of the one standing home among many burned ones. [Homeowner Steve HUMMEL‡, DAUGHTER - describe the fire conditions & the blessing that their house stands.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Simi Valley, California: Gary Tuchman) How strict construction rules saved homes in Simi Valley featured; scenes shown from Simi Valley. [Surviving home owner, Gail GHRIST†- explains how close the fire got to their house.] [Building department deputy director Gaddis FARMER†- shows non-combustible roofs & plant buffers.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) President Bush's plans to view the fire damage next Tuesday noted. [From San Diego, FEMA undersecretary Michael BROWN - explains how the state & counties are being helped to contain the fires & to take care of the victims; outlines the process for victims to register to receive money to find food & shelter for now; outlines FEMA's "mitigation" role to help communities prevent disasters before they occur.]

Brown, Aaron;
Buckley, Frank;
Carroll, Jason;
Tuchman, Gary

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