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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 01, 2009
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(Los Angeles: Brian Williams) The California wildfires introduced; scenes shown of the firefighting command post, flames and smoke; statistics cited.

(Lake View Terrace, California: Miguel Almaguer) The fight against the Station fire near Los Angeles featured; scenes shown of firefighters, backfires, helicopters, homes at risk. [MAN, WOMAN – react.] [Homeowner Cliff JONES – explains why he won’t evacuate.] [Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mark SAVAGE†- comments on weather changes.] [Homeowner Beth HALAAS††- reacts to losing her home.]

(Los Angeles: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Yucaipa, California: Lee Cowan) The challenge from the continuing drought, the Santa Ana winds and California’s budget problems featured; national fire forecast map shown. [Firefighter Bill PETERS – notes the potential for more catastrophic fires this year.] [US Forest Service bioclimatologist Ron NEILSON†- expresses concern for the West.] [California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Del WALTERS†- comments on the cost.]

(Los Angeles: Brian Williams) The air operations featured. [Helicopter pilot Ethan JENSEN††- describes the job of forward air controllers; says it’s an urban interface fire.] [Air operations branch director John KEESEY‡- comments on the frantic nature of the air traffic.] The tents at the ground command center, helicopters loading water, ash on Jensen’s helicopter and the haze over Denver shown.

Williams, Brian;
Almaguer, Miguel;
Cowan, Lee

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