First firefighter falls in California inferno
Nearly 12,000 firefighters and support personnel are battling what Gov. Gray Davis said may be the costliest disaster California has ever faced. The state is spending an estimated $9 million a day fighting the wildfires. The total cost could reach $200 million, while the blazes take a $2 billion toll on the California economy, state officials said.
Some of the fires were believed set by arsonists; one was ignited by a lost hunter's signal fire.