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NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 31, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The fire near Los Angeles introduced; satellite image shown.

(Tujunga, California: Miguel Almaguer) The battle against the Station fire featured; scenes shown of smoke and flames, planes dropping retardant, firefighters, burned-out homes. [MAN – reacts.] [OFFICIAL – says it’s like a war zone.] [Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mike LONG†- comments on the deaths of 2 firefighters.] [Governor Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER†- says we have fires everywhere.] [Wildlife Waystation Martine COLETTE†- worries about the animals.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Lake View Terrace, California: Michael Okwu) The threat to communications towers and the observatory atop Mount Wilson featured; details given about the importance of the observatory. [Los Angeles County Fire Department Mark WHALING†- says it’s in fate’s hands now.] [KNBC REPORTER – offers an advisory to viewers in case power is lost.] [UCLA professor Robert ULRICH†- notes the difficulty in recovering if the observatory is overrun.] [Astronomy professor Harold McALISTER††- says Mount Wilson is an international treasure.]

Williams, Brian;
Almaguer, Miguel;
Okwu, Michael

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