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Firefighters battle California wildfire

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 00:58

May 28 - The Hunters Fire rages in California, threatening about 100 homes and forcing dozens of residents to evacuate. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Tankers soar above California's Mariposa County, dropping fire retardent on the vicious flames below. Hundreds of firefighters are battling a blaze that broke out Monday afternoon. The so-called Hunters Fire is threatening around 100 homes and is burning across 1,300 acres. Dozens of residents are evacuating. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MONA LOTSPEICH, SAYING: "It wasn't so bad until you could start smelling it then I got worried and we loaded up the critters..." The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center and county officials have established a rescue center for pets. This, as fire officials are working tirelessly to contain the blaze. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIRE CAPTAIN, FRANK BIGELOW, SAYING: "Our biggest fear is where those lines get tested enough to where our biggest fear go into the Merced canyon." There is significant fire history in this area, close to Yosemite -- one of country's most popular National Parks.

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Firefighters battle California wildfire

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 00:58