PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is ordering an additional 2,000 National Guard troops to help battle wildfires around the state.
About 400 guardsmen were called in earlier this month, and more than half of them already are on the fire lines.
The governor's office says this has been the first time in more than 30 years that the National Guard has been deployed for ground-based firefighting.
The deployment has come during an unprecedented fire season that
has seen the most fires burning at any one time in recorded California history. Most of the blazes began during a massive June 21 lightning storm.
Schwarzenegger says the additional troops will be trained and deployed over the next few months.
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