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Debris fire chokes CA, students kept indoors

A huge woodpile fire on the outskirts of Fresno, Calif. is giving rise to respiratory problems.

BY SUSAN KIM | FRESNO, Calif. | January 18, 2003

A hundred-yard wide woodpile fire on the outskirts of Fresno, Calif. is forcing residents to cancel outdoor activities and is giving rise to respiratory problems.

Schools have been forced to keep all students indoors, said Jill Marmolejo, spokesperson for the Fresno school district. "We've have 81,000 students inside for the past four days. Kids are missing school because of respiratory illnesses."


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