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Fires at Home May Keep Governor From Border Conference

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Above: KPBS reporter Alison St. John discusses the Los Angeles Station Fire and the differences between that fire and the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may not attend the annual gathering of U.S. and Mexican border governors that kicks off in Monterrey, Mexico on Wednesday.

The governors of the four U.S. and six Mexican states on each side of the border meet annually to discuss issues that affect both countries.

Governor Schwarzenegger hosted last year's meeting in Hollywood. He planned to attend this year for the opening cocktail party and part of the first day.

However, the Governor's spokesman, Francisco Castillo, says it's not clear if the Governor will be able to because of the wildfires burning in California.

"His priority right now are ensuring that those fires are taken care of here and ensuring the public safety as well," says Castillo.

Castillo says the environment, water and border security top the Governor's cross border agenda. His staff will attend the conference.

The U.S. Mexico border region is home to 90 million people. Together, the 10 border states' economies rank third worldwide.

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