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    Drone Fights California Wildfire

    GROVELAND, CA - AUGUST 24:  A Murphys Fire District firefighter stops his vehicle as a massive wall of fire from the Rim Fire consumes trees along highway 120 on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    A Predator drone is joining the 4,000 firefighters working to contain the giant 12-day-old wildfire in the Sierra Nevada. The California National Guard drone will fly 22-hour missions to surveil the fire, allowing officials to study its movement and view far-flung corners of the blaze. It’s not the first drone to be used in firefighting, but it will conduct the longest missions ever attempted. The fire is moving at the pace of a slow walk, and has already burned 192,000 acres of forest. Officials say it is 30 percent contained, and they expect to have it under control in three weeks.

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