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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 24, 2007
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(Escondido: Katie Couric) Continuing coverage of the wildfires in southern California updated; the Santiago fire caused by possible arson and the Witch Creek fire believed caused by downed power lines noted; map shown of the fire zone.

(Orange County: John Blackstone) Reasons for more severe fire seasons in recent years examined; contributing factors noted as global warming and more fuel due to years of fires being put out; scenes shown of fires in Orange County. [California Assemblymember Todd SPITZER†, Secretary of the Interior Dirk KEMPTHORNE†, fire ecologist Thomas SWETNAM†, fire historian Richard MINNICH†- give explanations.]

Couric, Katie;
Blackstone, John

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