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CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A wildfire in California shown.

(California: Chris Lawrence) The fire in the tourist area of Pioneertown featured; scenes shown from Yucca Valley of structures on fire, flames in the canyons & firefighters. [Two RESIDENTS - react.] The firefighting efforts discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Palm Springs: Gary Tuchman) The dangerous wildfires featured; scenes shown of smoke & flames, planes dropping retardant, helicopters sucking up water from golf courses.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) University of California at San Diego research findings on the increase in wildfires in the last 15 years noted.

(Los Angeles: Kareen Winter) The link of Western wildfires to climate change & global warming examined. [Researchers Thomas SWETNAM††‡, Anthony WESTERLING††- correlate the fire frequency to warming temperatures & earlier springs; note the increased time need to extinguish the fires.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Lawrence, Chris;
Tuchman, Gary;
Winter, Kareen

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