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tonight, the breaking news. the state of emergency. the deadly wildfire right here in california. several unaccounted for tonight. hundreds of homes destroyed. as the fire sweeps in, each home igniting the next. families trapped in flames as they try to evacuate. tonight, we take you inside the fire zone, what's left of their community. the stunning images coming up. also at this hour, the manhunt right now under way. the campus lockdown. the students with hands behind their heads. a popular professor shot and killed at an american university. back to work. the defiant county clerk returns as couples show up to get their marriage licenses. the scene that played out today. were they issued? the miss america pageant, the apology 30 years in the making. and made in america is back tonight. wd-40. the secret recipe made right
here in california. and can you guess tonight what wd-40 stands for? >> made in america! this is a special edition of "world news tonight" with david muir reporting tonight from california. good evening tonight from los angeles, and we begin with the breaking headline. the state of emergency here in parts of california tonight. the national guard, thousands of firefighters battling 12 wildfires. and one of those fires has turned deadly. hundreds of homes gone tonight. we have dramatic images from inside the inferno. the valley fire in napa. one family fleeing to the left, to the right, everything on fire there. haunting images of the aftermath. the charred american flag. where the town once stood, that sign now reading, "this is where we belong," still standing. meanwhile, an urgent race. cars, their headlights on, a wall of flames right behind them as families try to get out. california governor jerry brown saying, "we are in a battle with mother nature tonight." we traveled north to the valley
fire today, where we were stunned by what was left. tonight, authorities stunned at the speed and strength of the valley fire. the first moments captured as it erupted on saturday. on the ground here, they tell us faster than any fire in recent history. families fleeing on the roads as the sky disappears, filled with smoke. 40,000 acres engulfed in just the first 12 hours, and the fire is still burning tonight. entire neighborhoods up in flames. this dash cam video capturing one person's desperate attempt to escape the flames. trapped by walls of fire in every direction. more than 1,000 homes and buildings gone tonight. so many families surprised by the fire's speed. this man, driving through the worst of it. this time lapse video showing him trying to flee its path, struggling to find a way out, fire everywhere he turns. he makes it out. you can hear the roar of the fire. these images showing just how
quickly homes were consumed by this fire. barry biermann is the napa county fire chief. so as you're helping families, you can see the fire literally jumping the location? >> yeah, we were having spot fires. before we knew it, we had hundreds of homes that were instantly threatened. >> reporter: more than 23,000 evacuated tonight. governor brown declaring a state of emergency in two counties. many people who witnessed this said this had a speed that you haven't seen here in california in years. >> hearing a lot of unprecedented. it really is. >> reporter: the fire moving so quickly, scott kelly's home was destroyed in minutes. your house is gone? >> yeah, my house is gone. >> reporter: the chif chief was telling us, the speed of this thing -- >> yeah, it was going through here 40 miles an hour. just blew through everything like nothing. >> reporter: they took us through what's left of their burned-out town. some of the fire still smoldering. you walk down the streets of these middletown neighborhoods and this is all you see. these burned-out shells of cars, all that remain. you can see the melted aluminum, the melted metal here in the street. and if you look just beyond me here, the frame of what was a pickup truck.
and, in fact, right in the back, you can still see the fire smoldering and what's been left behind. we could see the melted plastic on the meters. in many ways, authorities here tell us this was the fire they were fearing. a combination of blazing hot triple-digit temperatures last week, plus low humidity. four years of drought and dry vegetation all sparking the blaze. and the high winds to carry it. the fire chief was telling me that with the winds whipping, that these homes went up in flames one right after another. in fact, one igniting the next. and you can see, these are the, what's left of the front stairs to this home. absolutely nothing left except for the lone chimney here still left standing. so many of the families tonight, gathered here, still holding their pets. and we go to find patrice conklin. we heard all about you. >> yeah, i heard. >> reporter: she got her children out and what little she could grab. your home is gone? >> my home is gone. >> reporter: and so what now?
>> i got my kids out, i got my dog out and -- couple of birth certificates and that's about it. we have the clothes that we could put in the car. >> reporter: we meet her daughter, sydney, who tells me, the whole thing has been scary. you said it was scary. what was the scariest part? >> the thought of not having a home. >> reporter: the thought of not having a home. and you don't know where you'll live next. and then a smile when we spot their dog. is this your dog? what's the dog's name? >> neo. >> reporter: neo. hey, neo. she shows me what's left of her home. nothing but the foundation. while back in that neighborhood tonight, where most everyone remembers being at that football game, wyatt now wondering if he'll get back to his senior year. could you have ever imagined anything like this? >> no, never in my life. and i've seen a lot of big fires, you know? >> reporter: part of growing up in california. >> i guess so. >> as you heard me mention there, nearly everyone in that town of middletown was at the high school football game friday night. not knowing nearly their entire
town would be on fire, just 24 hours later. tonight, some of it still burning. a long night ahead for thousands of firefighters and their stamina, their courage simply stunning, as well tonight. this image today, firefighters collapsing with exhaustion. and abc's matt gutman with the firefighters and one of them who found himself going back to see if his own home survived. >> reporter: tonight, 7,500 embattled firefighters back on the fire line. encrusted in soot, many have been going for 36 hours, in fires that are fast-moving and deadly. the valley fire engulfing four firefighters over the weekend, only saved when they scrambled into their protective shelters. richard reef taking a call from the governor from his hospital bed. guys pretty tired? >> we're getting there. >> reporter: crews so fatigued, they've been flopping down in driveways or fields for just a few minutes rest. this retired firefighter live-streaming the desperate fight to save middletown, california. >> these guys are very limited on resources. every engine has got multiple structures to try and protect. and you just can't save everything.
>> reporter: don lopez spent days fighting the fire. he came home overnight. >> you look block after block, it's just devastation. >> reporter: learning his home was spared. his daughter's wasn't. >> we got the most important things out. but everything else is gone. >> reporter: still, lopez is going back tonight to the only work he's ever known. you're going back on the fire line? >> i'm going back up on the fire line in the cobb area. because that's what i do. >> reporter: david, as you experienced today, one of the most incredible things those firefighters endure on the fire is the intensity of the heat. hot enough to melt glass. now, the bad news for firefighters, it is still gusty out here today. the better news is, you can start to feel the moisture in the air. david? >> all right, matt gutman tonight in northern california where we spent much of this day. matt, thank you. and the question tonight, will the weather help in the next crucial 24 hours? let's go right to chief meteorologist ginger zee at the weather wall. ginger? >> reporter: david, this fire forecast is far from perfect, but it is improving. especially after tonight. look at some of the remaining
fire watches and warnings. those wind advisories, southern nevada, through the deserts of san diego. you can see gusts still up to 50 and 60 miles per hour. a couple of the gusts we put on here tonight to give you an idea of what to expect. that all changes with this huge pattern shift, right? we're got this low coming down. the trough, and with it, moisture. and some places, a lot of moisture. coastal northern california up through oregon and washington state. we wish we could get it a little farther inland, but we will certainly get that cool air. highs only in the 60s. david? >> ginger zee with us tonight. ginger, thank you. but we do move on now to the other story we're following, that manhunt in mississippi, after a shooting on a college campus, delta state university on lockdown. students with their hands over their heads, evacuated today after a popular history professor was gunned down in his office. abc's steve osunsami. >> watch one of the doors. nobody in, nobody out. >> reporter: these were the frightening moments in the middle of morning classes at delta state university. history professor ethan schmidt was shot to death in his office, and police with large guns were
outside their windows, looking for an active gunman. >> i took his class over the summer. i'm still in shock right now. >> he was a great guy and -- just pray for him and his family. >> reporter: at 10:43, the school sent this emergency alert to cell phones across campus. students had to use desks to barricade their doors and had to walk out of school buildings with their hands up behind their heads while police searched for a killer. >> these students out here on the quad on the west side, can i put them in a building safer? >> reporter: tonight, the search continues for this man. 45-year-old shannon lamb. an instructor who taught geography at the university. >> at this moment, we do consider mr. lamb to be armed and dangerous. >> reporter: police have now identified him as a suspect in another killing that took place nearly five hours south, near biloxi, where a female victim was killed. police say they were living together. authorities discovered her body shortly before the shooting at delta state. >> we do know our suspect left here traveling in a green suv, a vehicle of similar nature that matches the one he was last seen
driving here. >> reporter: students tell us police responded so quickly, it's almost as if they were alerted to the gunman's intentions. tonight, classes are canceled. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. we're going to turn now to kentucky, and that county clerk at the center of the debate over same-sex marriage. back to work today, after being jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, saying she's facing an impossible choice tonight. obey god or obey the people she serves. abc's t.j. holmes is there. >> reporter: today, an emotional kim davis, surrounded by law enforcement, promising not to stop her deputies, who are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. >> i'm here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that i do not wish on any of my fellow americans -- my conscience or my freedom. >> reporter: and then -- the first test. davis staying inside her office, door closed, curtains drawn as shannon and carmen wampler-collins, together for 23 years, got their license to wed. >> there's your receipt, and
congratulations. >> thank you, brian. >> thank you, brian. >> appreciate it. >> reporter: their license doesn't include davis's name or the county name. instead, these words -- "pursuant to a federal court order." >> ms. davis hopes that these good faith measures will be sufficient to satisfy the plaintiffs and the court. >> reporter: the changes, davis says, allow her to obey both her god and the judge. david, kim davis will continue her fight in court, but today, kentucky's governor said even without her signature, the marriage licenses issued here are valid. david? >> t.j., thank you. we're going to turn now to missouri tonight, and calls for sweeping changes in the wake of the deadly police shooting of unarmed teenager michael brown. a special commission finding excessive police force and racial bias were partly to blame for violent protests in ferguson last year. the commission recommending police and social reforms including a change in policing habits, increasing the minimum wage and improving the educational system there. now to the race for 2016 tonight, donald trump taking the
stage in texas, a packed house in dallas. 20,000 strong. just as a new abc news/"washington post" poll has him in a dead heat with hillary clinton in a head to head match-up. wednesday night, by the way, trump faces off with his republican opponents for their second debate. we turn overseas and to hungary. major new developments in the worst refugee crisis in central europe since world war ii. as you know, last week, we took you there, families fleeing violence in their homelands, by train, even walking, seeking refuge in germany, austria. refugee families in the shadow of barbed wire. tonight, a setback. some of the countries now sealing their borders. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran, who was with us last week there, still there tonight. >> reporter: a race against time at the hungarian border today. and the time is minutes. this mother and her daughter, among the last to cross, and then -- this is the moment. hungarian police are now finishing the construction of this fence. closing the last gap over these
railroad tracks and for the first time now, they're turning people back. so, we went over to the other side, to serbia, where we met muhammad from damascus, syria, and walked up to the police line with him. >> can you let me cross? >> not able to cross here. >> okay, but all these people cross long road, many countries to cross in peace. >> reporter: police sent them through the fields to an official border crossing and muhammad told us his story. this is your honeymoon? >> yeah, honeymoon. we decide to be a special honeymoon. >> reporter: they were married eight days ago in turkey. we came to a village and the refugees were herded into a line. these people are being told by the hungarian police that they will be put on buses bound for budapest where they can catch trains for western europe, but really, no one knows what's going to happen. the gates to europe are closing.
terry moran, abc news, hungary. >> terry, thank you. we also have stunning images out of japan tonight. an ancient volcano rumbling back to life without warning, sending a massive plume of smoke and ash a mile into the air, disrupting flights in the area. that volcano located inside the so-called ring of fire. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the crime spree tonight against three states. the fbi now asking for your help. the accused jewel thief caught on camera. authorities are asking for you to help them track the suspect down. also tonight, the miss america scandal, and now, the emotional apology. the former winner returning to the stage three decades after the headlines that cost her the crown. you will hear what she said. and look at this tonight. the stunning sight on the water. the humpback whale jumping into the air, stunning the kayakers right underneath as it comes splashing back down. we'll be right back. mouthbreather. ddenly, youa
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finally tonight here from california, made in america. the product instantly recognized around the world. found in millions of homes right here in america. but how many know what the name really means? here in california, our made in america team, in search of something eight out of ten americans have right in their own home. that blue and yellow can, wd-40. >> we're going to go where the secret formula of wd-40 is mixed. >> reporter: the ceo taking us behind the scenes at company headquarters. the concentrated formula, made right here in san diego. the formula nearly the same since it us invented more than 60 years ago. >> it's a special thing. we covet that concentrate. >> reporter: that secret recipe written in pencil on a steno pad. and where is it?
locked in a bank vault right here in san diego, on rosencrans street. the year was 1953 and rocket chemical company set out to keep missiles from rust. it took them a few tries, 40, to be exact. and so the name stuck. water displacement, 40th formula. wd-40. business doubling in the last ten years alone. now selling around the world, 176 countries. these cans today, headed for malaysia. patty doing quality control, on the line for nearly 17 years. >> it's a name brand. everybody has a can in their house. >> reporter: customers writing them, saying they used wd-40 for everything, from fixing a squeaky hinge to keeping bathroom mirrors from fogging. even removing some stains from fabrics. wd-40 says 2,000 ideas sent to them and counting. but tonight, they're also out to wipe away something else. the counterfeits along the way. hb-40? wo-60? it's not wd-40. one of the original cans, right on display.
>> i will guarantee you that this can still works. there it is, it works. >> reporter: that secret formula, with three words in mind. >> made in america! >> and that secret formula locked up right here in southern california. i'm david muir. thank you for watching here on a monday night. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. until then, have a good evening. good night.
good evening, and thanks for joining us, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. here are the latest headlines on the fire that burned more than 61,000 acres and is only 5% contained. 400 homes have been destroyed as well as many other structures, hundreds of other structures, including apartment buildings and businesses. >> 13,000 people have been displaced and one fatality has been confirmed. many people remain unaccounted for. >> 50 engine crew rz from other states have been called in to help as well as crews from nevada and the california national guard. all public schools in lake county will remain closed for another day tomorrow. >> firefighters are making good progress in fighting the fire. the fire has been spreading in every direction since it broke out on saturday afternoon.
our crews have been throughout the areas all day today, abc7 news reporter cornell bernard joins us in middleton. >> reporter: the scope of the tragedy is very hard to comprehend. we're here on lincoln street. this is one block away from highway 29. destruction is all too clear. the neighborhood has been reduced to ashes. firefighters are battling flames just miles away. a new fire fight south of middletown, the valley fire reared it's head over a ridge. crews need rain, but got gusty winds instead. still, they're winning the fight here. >> we're trying to get