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California Army National Guard Provides Aircraft, Personnel to Fight Wildfires

ARLINGTON, Va. –(ENEWSPF)—December 8, 2017

By: Steve Marshall, National Guard Bureau

Nearly 1,350 California National Guard personnel have joined in the battle against six large, ferocious wildfires that consumed more than 137,000 acres.

Wind gusts approaching 80 mph are propelling flames across hillsides, enabling them to consume trees, vegetation and homes before firefighters are able to respond.

As of Friday, 20,000 homes are threatened, and more than 195,000 people are under evacuation orders, according to figures from the National Guard Bureau.

Guard members have joined with state fire personnel in well-practiced coordination, with the . . .

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