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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.



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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