• US military deploys troops to help in California wildfires

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    LOS ANGELES: The US military is sending hundreds of troops to help tackle wildfires raging across parched California, authorities said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman said 200 troops from Washington state would receive three days’ training before heading to California to help the 12,000 or so firefighters in the region. Eighteen wildfires are currently raging in California, and some 225 square miles (580 square kilometers) have been scorched so far this year.

    AFP

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