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Schwarzenegger briefed on California's 11 major fires

Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gets a briefing on the coastal fire situation in Watsonvbille 8-15-09

Just returned from the Massachusetts funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, his mother-in-law, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets a full briefing on the coastal fire situation Saturday afternoon in Watsonville.

The funeral for the mother of California's First Lady Maria Shriver and the founder of Special Olympics was on Friday in Hyannis, as reported on The Ticket here.

Saturday Schwarzenegger met with state wildfire fighters and (above) Matthew Bettenhausen (left) and Del Walters, director of CAL FIRE. Bettenhausen is acting secretary of the state's Emergency Management Agency.

Schwarzenegger said there are currently 11 major fires burning across the nation's third largest state. Forces have made some progress but worry over impending weather changes in the north. And he told local citizens, "We will do everything in our power in order to save properties, to save lives and to save your memories.”

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Justin Short / Office of the Governor

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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