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California Declares State of Emergency

Ken Pimlott, of the California Dept of Forestry and Fire has stated that there are over 9000 firefighters currently battling fires in the state.  The yearly average for fires in the state is 2552 but this year they've already had 3897.  (source - USA Today)

The fires prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California and activate the California National Guard to help with disaster recovery.

Sadly, engine Capt. David Ruhl, from South Dakota, was killed battling a fast-moving blaze that broke out Thursday in the Modoc National Forest about 100 miles south of Oregon.

Ruhl was in a vehicle Thursday, looking for ways to attack the blaze, when the fire suddenly grew and trapped him, fire information officer Ken Sandusky said. His body was recovered Friday.

Ruhl, part of a Black Hills National Forest firefighting team, had been helping California firefighters since June. (source - Yahoo news)

Our prayers are with those brave men and women fighting these fires and our sympathies are with the family of David Ruhl.

Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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