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Topic - California Department Of Forestry And Fire Protection
As firefighters battle a spectacular blaze raging across Yosemite National Park, the Interior Department is trying to put out a fire of a different sort: criticism from Congress' main watchdog that officials have failed for years to plan properly for replacing the government's decrepit, undersized fleet of 50-year-old firefighting aircraft.
With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect mountain communities in the path of a fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.
The father of a central Oklahoma high school valedictorian said Monday that his daughter's diploma has been withheld because she used a curse word during her graduation speech.
The wildfire season in California has been tame so far, but that isn't stopping lawmakers from trying to make sure the cash-strapped state has enough money to fight future fires.