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Firefighter dies battling devastating California wildfires

A firefighter has died battling huge infernos raging across forests in California.

David Ruhl, 38, was in a vehicle in the Modoc National Forest when crews lost contact with him.

An investigation is underway into how he died.

An investigation is underway into how firefighter David Ruhl died. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes during the wildfires, with around 9,000 firefighters working to bring the flames under control.

The fires prompted Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for California and activate the California National Guard to help with disaster recovery.

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