Schwarzenegger orders review of California's efforts to fight wildfires

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered a review of the state's response to the deadly wildfires that destroyed more than 2,000 homes last month.

He has asked the state's Blue Ribbon Task Force on wildfires, made up of fire chiefs and state appointees, to identify weaknesses that could be fixed.

He has specifically asked the task force to study not only whether California had enough fire engines and personnel to coordinate its response, but also to look at whether the state should allow homes and businesses to be built in areas most prone to wildfires.

Schwarzenegger initially said he was impressed with the state's actions. He began to look at whether the state could have done better after officials clamored for additional support and The Associated Press revealed government rules delayed dozens of water-dumping aircraft from reaching the blazes.

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