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Face-to-Face With the Fires

Face-to-Face With the Fires

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US Forest Service firefighters from the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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At this point, tens of thousands of acres have burned in California, and more than 19,000 people are fighting the flames. Yesterday, the town of Big Sur was given a mandatory evacuation order, as one of the many wildfires moved closer to the city. While most news reports focus on acres burned, homes and buildings lost, and people uprooted, today we'll get the other side of story. We'll talk with firefighters who battle forest fires, from the ground and the air, and find out what it's like to battle the flames face-to-face. If you're a firefighter, what's your experience?