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Northern California fires threaten thousands of homes – Sydney Morning Herald

A series of large fires are raging through Northern California, threatening thousands of homes and blackening the skies near San Francisco.

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The pilot, whose name has not been released, was working with Fillmore-based Guardian Helicopters, which had a contract with the state fire agency to provide emergency services, said Zoe Keliher, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
A Pacific Gas & Electric utility worker died while assisting at a fire in the Vacaville area between San Francisco and Sacramento but the circumstances were not clear. The utility confirmed the death but gave no details, KPIX-TV reporte…

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