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California / Wildfires #889928

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 23, 2007
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(San Diego: Katie Couric) Wildfires in southern California updated; details given on massive evacuations, the scope of the fire, casualty tolls, and 7 counties declared disaster areas; scenes shown of evacuees, fires, firefighters, and damage. [California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Matt STRECK†- comments on low containment levels and problems fighting the fires because of the Santa Ana winds.] [Incident Commander Rob LEWIN†- estimates numbers of homes destroyed.] [California Governor Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER†- says we have to pray the wind goes away.]

(Lake Arrowhead, California: Bill Whitaker) Conditions in the hard-hit Lake Arrowhead area featured; scenes shown of burning houses and firefighters at work. [Several FIREFIGHTERS, 2 fire VICTIMS, SCHWARZENEGGER – comment.]

(Modjeska, California: John Blackstone) Fires in Orange County too dangerous for firefighters to control from the ground reported; details given on the military sending help; scenes shown.[Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip PRATHER†- says we needed more air resources.] [WOMAN, FIREFIGHTER – discuss evacuation.]

(Rancho Bernardo, California: Dean Reynolds) Frustrated firefighters dealing with homeowners who refuse to evacuate as well as the fires reported; scenes shown of fires in residential areas and Rancho Bernardo residents briefly being allowed back into their homes. [FIREFIGHTER – talks about the challenges.] [Several RESIDENTS – comment.]

Couric, Katie;
Whitaker, Bill;
Blackstone, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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