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Monday, November 03, 2003
California Says Fires Are Finally Contained

"Finally, we're able to say that as of 6 p.m. tonight or 8 a.m. tomorrow, all the fires will be 100 percent contained," Andrea E. Tuttle, director of the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said on Monday.

State and federal officials were still surveying the damage from California's worst wildfires, which killed 20 people, leveled 3,500 homes and blackened 743,621 acres, nearly the size of Rhode Island. The current estimate of property damage and firefighting costs is $2 billion, but officials said the number was certain to rise as the full extent of the disaster was assessed. The number does not take into account lost business or other economic costs.

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