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California / Wildfires / Arson / Evacuees’ Health #890082

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 24, 2007
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(Escondido: Katie Couric) The continuing battle against wildfires in southern California introduced; property damage, burn area, and casualty figures noted; map and scenes shown.

(Escondido: Katie Couric) Dangers due to changing winds outlined; FBI confirmation that the Santiago fire in Orange County was arson noted; scenes shown of the fires and evacuees. [Several FIREFIGHTERS – talk about the conditions and problems.] [2 EVACUEES – comment on their situation.]

(El Cajon Mountain: Dean Reynolds) A look at the firefighters’ command station presented; details given on fires re-igniting and trouble containing them; scenes shown. [2 FIREFIGHTERS, Battalion Chief Steve HERZOG†- comment.]

(Escondido: Katie Couric) President Bush signing disaster declarations for 7 counties and coming to tour the damage tomorrow noted.

(Los Angeles: Sandra Hughes) Dangers posed by the heavy smoke from the fires featured; details given on the hazardous contents of the smoke; scenes shown of medical volunteers helping evacuees. [San Bernardino County Health Department Dr. Margaret BEED†- describes problems some people are having.] [Asthmatic evacuee April ACOSTA‡- talks about breathing problems.] [Community Hospital of San Bernardino Dr. Dee L’ARCHEVEQUE†- says being outside is like smoking half a pack of cigarettes.]

(San Diego: Sanjay Gupta) A look at the UCSD hospital’s busy burn ward presented; details given on the condition of various burn victims; scenes shown from the hospital. [Burn victim’s MOTHER, University of California San Diego Medical Center Dr. Raul COIMBRA†- comment.]

(Ramona, California: Katie Couric) The story of Christie Williams, who lost her home to fire, presented; scenes shown of the property burning and Williams sifting through the rubble. [WILLIAMS††- reacts to the damage; points out where things used to be; lists what little she salvaged.]

Couric, Katie;
Reynolds, Dean;
Hughes, Sandra;
Gupta, Sanjay

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