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county near calistoga ... the that breaking news up in lake county near calistoga, the valley fire explodes and burns 40,000 ache nurse a matter of hours. four firefighters hurt as hundreds of people are rushed out of their homes. good morning and thank you for joining us, i'm vicky nguyen. the fire tearing through lake county has grown at a rate fire officials are calling astounding. dozens of homes engulfed in flames whipped by the friends. this comes after the rocky and jerusalem fires. this map shows the evacuated communities, cobb, seigler canyon, lock moment, middletown and midden valley lakes.
at this time thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. we begin with christie smith, she is live in middletown. have you seen any changes in the weather conditions that would help firefighters? >> reporter: well, we have seen just a little bit of rain sorks that is one thing that has changed, but, boy, i had a chance to speak with some veteran firefighters and they say they haven't seen anything like this before. this is what some of the neighborhoods look like out here. as you said, you know, this has jumped to 40,000 acres and it happened quickly. in its path places like middletown and other communities here. it's devastating, we've seen several homes on fire on one block, then we turn the corner to another neighborhood and homes and structures are burning there, too. the population in middletown is about 1,300. exactly how many homes were damaged or destroyed, cal fire plans to get a clearer picture a little bit later today.
right now they just don't know. the valley fire start bd 1:30 in the afternoon with strong winds, it grew very quickly, quicker than most had ever seen. residents evacuated fast, but with the dry drought conditions resources were stretched and firefighters of course battling other fires in northern california for residents they say this all happened so quickly. >> how is your place? >> it's okay now, but, i mean, it's burning right up to it so it's probably going to be up in flames here in about -- it could be by now. >> this is a first for me in my career to see a fire of this magnitude grow that rapidly and that quickly with so much destruction in its path. >> reporter: now, the downtown business area we did drive through there a short time ago and it did not appear to have much damage. as you said earlier, four firefighters were injured in the fire, said to have suffered second-degree burns around were
stable condition, expected to make a full recovery. today more firefighters on the way to help. the plan is to try and work on a containment line, but, you know, i just spoke with firefighters and they said that they are still dealing with structures. so the containment line is something they hope to get to just a little bit later, but that's the scene. from here reporting live in lake county, christie smith, nbc bay area news. gusty winds and the heat have played a major role in this fire. let's bring in aus. anthony, what kind of conditions are firefighters expecting today? >> much better conditions. adds christie mentioned we're talking about showers this morning, it's light stuff but enough to put a damper on that fire as it continues to groechlt yesterday our winds were up to 20 to 40 miles per hour not only for a few hours but for 12 hours, we're talking 9:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening. that's why it was so dangerous and that's why it grew so fast. today winds much calm, right now up to 10 miles per hour and through the day we're only
expecting gusts a 15, maybe 20. the next round of gusty winds is expected to move through tomorrow morning at this time, wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour. you can see the showers falling right now right over where the fire is but it's all light stuff and most of this is mid-level moisture so most of what you see is not reaching the ground. we had rain showers across the bay area this morning. we are going to hold on to that chance of showers for its first half of the day. by this afternoon skies will clear out. mostly cloudy sky. temperatures not at hot. 86 souts bay, 70 san francisco and 80 east bay. we will talk more about that fire and how conditions will improve in fact for awful us this upcoming week, we're talking about cooler temperatures. so many homes have been evacuated that shelters are filling up. we have been told the shelter at kelseyville presbyterian church is at capacity and cannot accept any more evacuees, anyone who still needs shelter should head to the napa county fairgrounds in calistoga, the clearlake
senior center is also accepting evacuees. an equally devastating situation to tell you about east of sacramento where whole neighborhoods have been wiped out. the butte fire in central california has destroyed dozens of homes this. fire has been burning in amador and calaveras counties since wednesday. cal fire says so far 86 homes have burned, 6,400 more are being threatened. the fire was burnds 65,000 acres and has forced towns to evacuate. so far the butte fire is just 15% contained. 15 fire engines from san mateo county are now on the way to help. at the 100 square mile inferno grows more help is also on the way from the rest of the bay area, the san jose fire department sent a strike team to the butte fire. crews are ready to use bulldozers, hoses and manually cut fire lines. still neighbors remain worried about the fast moving flames. >> horrible. i'm scared. scared. it just changes too quickly. >> there is no control over it.
they're saying it's going whichever way it wants. >> the fire has doubled in size overnight. right now there are nearly 4,000 firefighters on scene. and near fresno this morning california's largest wildfire is threatening ancient second i can't say. the rough fire has grown to 128,000 acres, it has been burning for nearly a month and a half. >> as you might imagine fire crews are spread thin. take a look at this cal fire map t shows the 13 major fires burning across the state from the california/oregon board for just north of los angeles. stay with nbc bay area for the latest on these fast moving fires. you can also download our nbc bay area app. that's free. much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, another mountain lion sighting on the peninsula. what deputies are now doing as part of their routine patrols. and tracking crashes on san francisco streets. why one team of researchers is
fast-moving wildfire burning north of calistoga. ten's of we are continuing to follow breaking news in lake county. a fast moving wildfire burning north of calistoga. tens of thousands of acres burned in a very short time. thousands of people evacuated, four firefighters hurt. christie smith will be back with a live update in just a few minutes. now to a developing story. san mateo county deputies have added a new duty to their patrols, looking out for big cats roaming neighborhoods. the latest sighting of a mountain low i don't know was reported near tower road and paul scannell drive near the san mateo hills. someone reported seeing the cat run through a neighborhood and into a wooded area. wildlife officials along with deputies searched the area for the mountain lion but didn't find t deputies say the sightings are becoming so frequent they started checking
neighborhoods while on routine pra trolls. back in may this mountain lion caused quite a scare in downtown san mateo. it was tranquilized and taken back into the hills. first responders across the bay area took part in an enormous drill this weekend that spanned five counties. in san francisco urban shield disaster training focused on how agencies would respond if terrorists high jacked a commuter ferry and crashed it into another one. in san jose they teamed up for search and rescue drills. learning to work with other first responders it as valuable as the drills themselves. >> in the event of a large scale incident that could potentially happen at any given time within santa clara county or the status jurisdictions need to work together and one of the few ways week do that is by practicing together throughout urban shield. it's a great program. >> not everyone sees the drills as an effective use of time. about 150 people protested in
oakland ond friday calling the exercises a prime example of the militarization of the police. hundreds of people are hurt in crashes on san francisco streets each year. new research suggests more than half of them never get reported. a team of researchers from san francisco general looked at traffic injuries for an entire year between april of 2014 and april of this year. sf general which has the city's only trauma center saw 515 patients, but san francisco police only had reports for 200 of them. so why is this happening? streets blog sf spoke to the lead researcher of the study who says there are several reasons for the underreporting. police are not trained medical professionals so they may not catch all the injuries while on scene. also if a crash happens on the freeway chp is in charge of responding and finally some of the crashes involve only one bike or vehicle and in those cases people may not call police. kyky the bay" we will go back to our breaking news of the fast
the "valley fire" started an update now to breaking news. the valley fire started yesterday afternoon north of calistoga. it has already burned 40,000 acres. let's go back to "today in the bay's" christie smith who is standing by live in middletown this morning. christie, we see the flames burning right behind you. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. one firefighter just drove by, he has been out here for hours and he just called the whole situation very sad. in fact, i haven't seen anything like t you drive down one block and you see several homes that have burned, you turn the corner and you see the exact same thing out here in lake county. hundreds of firefighters here,
hundreds more on the way. in this drought with fires burning elsewhere in the state of course resources are stretched thin. the valley fire has burned about 40,000 acres according to cal fire, they used infrared equipment. what's incredible, though, is how fast it moved. it was driven by wind, the brush of course is dry. one firefighter said as soon as an ember lands they suddenly have another fire to deal with. now, this started at 1:30 in the afternoon and by evening it was already at 10,000 acres. it's burning near middletown, cobb, hidden valley and surrounding communities. homes and structured have been burned but cal fire is saying they still don't have an accurate account of how many are lost. they hope to have better information on that later today. thousands of people evacuated as the fire continued to burn fast. >> we loaded up our trailer and the two cars and got the dogs. we lost our horse. it's gone. >> what about your place?
>> i think it's gone. the sheriffs just told me that it went down our street and they weren't there. >> reporter: now, four firefighters were injured in the fire, they suffered second-degree burns but we're told are in stable condition. at this point the only people you see up here are first responders in the neighborhood, people left very quickly. in fact, we've seen a couple burned cars in the road. there was a long line of cars leaving down highway 29 toward calistoga which is about 30 to 40 minutes away. it has been raining just a bit. i spoke with one homeowner much earlier and he was saying of course his hope is that it absolutely pours out here. that has not happened but again just a devastating situation, but i have to say we did drive in the downtown area where the businesses are and those are still standing and look untouched to me. in fact, on the other side of the street where we're standing the homes are just fine. so it's kind of hit and miss, but quite a bit of devastation up here.
reporting live in lake county, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. stay with nbc bay area for the latest on these fast moving fires. you can also download our nbc bay area app. that is free and we will be updating that with the conditions throughout the day. let's check in now with anthony slaughter who is standing by with a look at the weekend forecast. we talked about this. christie said some rain up there for the firefighters. that's a welcome relief, but it was the wind and you said you don't normally see a fire spread this quickly. i was looking at the data from yesterday, the winds were gusting for 12 hours. i mean, we're talking 9:00 in the morning until 9:00 in the evening. that's when our wind gusts were up to 20 to 40 miles per hour. i mean, just consistent and they were erratic, not out of one direction and that's why they had spread so quick limit now, today much better news as you heard. we do have light rainfall and unfortunately we are not going to get any heavy stuff this morning or this afternoon but we may have another shot of rain later on this week. as we move forward ahead with
this fire, monday it looks like winds will start to gust again. if they can't get a handle on this thing today tomorrow unfortunately winds will pick up and we're talking about gusts up to 35 miles per hour through the day tomorrow. you will notice the shower activity still falling across parts of the lake county, even across parts of the bay area this morning, we are still finding light rain activity. that's all we will see, light showers, not really heavy. all the stuff is making its way out, you can see the tail end over near napa county. light sprinkles for the rest of the morning and we will continue to clear out as the sun starts to rise. temperatures are mild, 50s and 60s, even in the north bay 63 degrees. today's forecast does call for cooler conditions but it's all relative just not as hot. 86 south bay, 85 north bay, san francisco will be cool at 70 degrees, even the east bay and peninsula back to 80 and 82 respectively and the tri-valley will see a nice warm day. again, good mix of sun and clouds. you will definitely notice an increase in humidity kind of like what we saw yesterday.
oakland trot happens today, you can get out there and celebrate your pride. 77 degrees by this afternoon. temperatures falling back into the low 60s by the evening. the scenario that we have happening, the reason we have all the shower activity is remnants from former hurricane linda. it has fallen apart and we are getting the residual moisture. you can see it's really light stuff, nothing heavy this morning, once this moves out we will pretty much be done with it. this is right now as you move towards noon, watch this band of rain how it just falls apart and that's all we're going to see by noon it's done and then this afternoon skies will start to clear out. the better news, vicki, we're talking about another shot of rain as we head towards this upcoming week. we are actually going to get a nice taste of fall this week. we have a cold front that's going to move through tomorrow, that's going to drop our temperatures once again. tuesday a little bit of a transitional day as we wait on another cold front. this is going to move through wednesday and provide more showers, especially for the north bay. i think it's going to stay far enough north that the bay area will not see any shower
activity, kind of like what we're seeing, light sprinkles if anything, the north bay has the better chance of seeing that. that's great news if they don't get a handle on that fire today. temperatures do cool off this upcoming week no 90s and triple digits. back to average, 70s and 8 os, south bay we will see a nice breeze, 78 tuesday, 77 thursday and again the east bay valleys will cool back from the mid to upper 80s back into the 70s n san francisco no big changes, 70 today, back into the 60s this upcoming week. by wednesday we could be talk being another shot of rain. we will be trauking that. >> thank you. much more ahead on "today in the bay." stay with us, we will go back to lake county to get an update on that rapidly moving wildfire. also coming up, it is a question many people have been asking for months. now some answers about that mystery goo that killed hundreds of birds notice east bay.
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some help has arrived for homeless and at risk veterans in contra costa county. it comes from the county organization stand down on the delta. the group brought together various veteran service organizations to the antioch fairgrounds where vets could find a direct link to getting the help they need. >> we want to give them a firm foundation and those four pillars, housing, education, health and employment in order for them to leapfrog and serve our community again. a lot of us want to have that opportunity to serve our communities. the event continues through tomorrow. we have new details this morning in the case of hundreds of birds killed or rescued because of a mysterious goo. back in january east bay water birds started showing up coated in a sticky oily substance. after months of investigating state leaders from v. announce ds that the goo was similar to vegetable oil but the source remains unknown. nearly 400 birds died because of the oil, another 165 were saved. until the source of the substance is identified, the
standard. our economic future depends on it. >> college score card is not exactly what the president originally planned. initially president obama talked about a college rating system based on affordability. right sharing company lyft is now being accused of taking its own customers for a ride. government regulators are threatening to fine the san francisco based company. the accusation, lyft isn't protecting its smartphone app users from unwanted robo calls and texts. the fcc says the app doesn't give users the option to opt out or to unsubscribe unless they decide to stop using lyft all together. lyft has 30 days to respond to the warning and make changes, otherwise the company could face fines. still to come on "today in the bay," a live update on the valley fire near calistoga. stay with us. that's right. the valley fire explodes overnight in lake county. 40,000 acres burned and homes
breaking news happening in lake county near calistoga. the valley fire explodes, burning thousands of acres and growing quickly. four firefighters suffer injuries while thousands of people are forced to flee their homes. good morning and thank you for joining us. i'm vicky nguyen. the valley fire tearing through lak?j+eu+h$as burned 40,000 ache nurse a matter of hours. a heart breaking scene here, people's homes going up in flames. difficult to see even tougher to live through and for many this is a repeat scene because lake county had already endured two major fires this summer, the rocky fire and jerusalem fire. this map shows the evacuated communities, cobb, seigler canyon, lock low monday, middletown and hidden heal
lakes. we begin with christie smith, she is in middletown. what are you seeing and what is the plan of attack for firefighters? >> reporter: i have to say i spoke with a few firefighters and they tell me that in their years of service they have never seen anything like this. a path the destruction that just moves so quickly. obviously this is what's left of a home here, but it's not just this one. in the distance we can see there's another one burning. the one next door also, behind the trees there is another one, across the street there is another one, but then if you look in the other direction you can see that the home over there, well, that one is just fine and that's just how this fire seemed to move when it for through here yesterday afternoon. now, firefighters are telling us that it just moved so quickly and resources were stretched thin because there were other fires of course burning across the state, some of them had to move from the butte fire down to where we are in lake county.
of course, that evacuations happened very quickly, folks had to get out of town, some of them just packed what they do co-and left towards places like calistoga where evacuation centers are set up. we spoke with some homeowners about how it was for them. >> the firemen were there when we were there and they told us to leave right away. they were telling us to leave to get down the hill. >> there's not much you can do. grab what you can grab and hope for the best. when it goes, what can do you? you can't fight it. >> reporter: now, four firefighters were injured in the fire. they suffered second-degree burns, but are in stable condition. at this point in the neighborhood really the only people you see are first responders because people left so quickly. we've seenly seen burned cars in the road. there was a long line of cars leaving down highway 29 toward calistoga, some firefighters saying they were grateful for the little bit of rain that we did see much earlier, but again
just a scene of devastation out here on certain blocks. now, the downtown area i have to say we did drive through there and that looked pretty good overall. many house right side just fine. did i speak with cal fire about the plan of attack for today. they say that more and more firefighters are coming. that's something that they have to do, but i asked what the focus was and they said that at this point it's still in the putting out structure fires and that sort of thing and then they will work on the containment line. also wanted to show you something thaels we see a lot when you are driving around, this is one of the reasons that they are concerned about keeping people out and safety is that when you drive around this is what it's like, the power lines are just dangling, we have seen pole after pole just sitting on its side, trees like that as well. so they are trying to keep people safe, keep them out while they continue in this fire fight. that's the latest from here, reporting live in lake county, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. just minutes ago the public information officer for cal fire spoke about the devastating
valley fire in lake county from our sister station in sacramento. >> what we saw yesterday was very strong winds coming out of the west. that really fanned the fire so with the winds combined with the extremely dry conditions this has been a fire that burned at an explosive rate. our number one priority all day yesterday and through the night hours was not just firefighting and trying to contain this fire, but rather life safety. making sure we could get in there, get residents out of harm's way as quickly as possible, in many cases residents were only given seconds notice as this fire burned at such an intense rate. >> we will continue with our coverage of the wildfire in lake county, including another live update from christie smith in about 20 minutes. high winds and heat helped fuel this valley fire. let's bring in anthony slaughter with a look at what firefighters can expect today. >> they are expecting better news today, winds won't be as gusty. yesterday not only were the winds gusty for a little bit, but for 12 hours.
9:00 in the morning until 9:00 in the evening. we're talking wind gusts 20 do 40 miles per hour. today winds are only going to be gusting up to about 15 miles per hour so quite a different scenario, but here is the small catch. tomorrow morning winds do pick up we're talking gusts up to 35 miles per hour. the great news this morning, we have light showers falling. even if it's not reaching the ground that's adding to the humidity and atmosphere which makes the fire easier to get a handle on. we had showers fall across the bay area. a lot of that is making it's way out of the bay area. once it moves out we will be done with the rain for toorksd again, just light stuff and skies will clear out but humidity will be with us as well. temperatures not as hot as they have been back into the mid 80s inland valleys, san francisco 70 degrees. we will talk more about this fire and better conditions await us this upcoming week, another shot of rain possible. back over to you. so many people have been evacuated that the shelters are filling up as a result of this valley fire.
we have been told the shelter at kelseyville presbyterian church is at capacity. napa county fairgrounds in calistoga, though, still open. the clearlake senior center is also accepting evacuees. an equally devastating situation to tell you about east of sacramento. that is where whole neighborhoods have been wiped out. the butte fire in central california has destroyed dozens of homes. the fire has been burning in amador and cal var ris counties since wednesday. cal fire says so far 86 homes have burned, 6,400 more are being threatened that. fire has burned 65,000 acres and it has forced towns to evacuate. so far it is 20% contained. 15 fire engines from san mateo county have been sent to help. now, as that 100 square mile inferno grows more help is on the way from the bay area. the san jose fire department sent a strike team to the butte fire. crews are ready to use bulldozers, hoses and manually cut fire lines.
still neighbors remain worried about the fast moving flames. >> horrible. scared. scared. >> it just changes too quickly. >> there is no control over t they're saying it's going whichever way it wants. >> the fire has doubled in size overnight. right now there are nearly 4,000 firefighters on scene. as you might imagine fire crews are spread thin as christie has been reporting all morning. take a look at this cal fire map showing the 13 major fires burning across the state from the california/oregon border stretching down nus north of langs los angeles. still ahead on "today in the bay," a former tennis star speaking publicly for the first time since being tackled by a police officer in a case of mistaken identity. his message to the nypd.
is speaking publicly for the first time since being taken former tennis star james blake is speaking publicly for the first time since being taken down by a new york police officer earlier this week. outside of the grand hayat hotel in manhattan when he was tackled to the ground by an undercover officer. this is all caught on surveillance video. the officer thought blake was a suspect in a credit card fraud investigation. now blake says he wants to make his status as a former athlete to issue -- the issue of police brutality to light. >> i think it's really more about the procedure that was taken, it was completely unnecessary, whether i was a criminal or not, whether i was the person they were looking for i will still don't think the person they were looking for deserved to be treated the way i was treated. that's the bigger issue is correcting that behavior. >> the accused officer has been placed ond administrative leave during this investigation. tragedy involving the crew
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you're watching "today in the bay." the 2015 cal state legislature adjourned friday and placed hundreds of bills on the governor's desk. among the missing, however two, major pro poefrls on the increased gasoline efficiency and road repairs. nbc bay area political analyst larry ger ton joins us now. the governor has made these high priorities for the legislative session, why did they fail? >> they have one factor in common, money, dollars. if you put it all together you can see why. first, let's look at fuel efficiency. that's the heart of senate bill 350, required automobiles to obtain a higher mile per gallons
in future years, other portions included things like greater reliance on solar wind and electric power but the heart was a greater gas mile laj requirement. the petroleum industry fought the bill like crazy. higher mileage means reduced profits, simple as that. also legislators from poor districts, well, many of them democrats by the way opposed the bill because of the fear of increased costs notice end. guess what, the gasoline mileage requirement was jettisoned, stripped out and a weaker version of the bill passed. >> what about roads, larry? everybody wants better roads, better roads mean less energy costs and less wear and tear on our cars. >> it seems like a no-brainer, better roads do yield better mileage and less wear on our automobiles not to mention reduced travel times do to and from work. california ranks a pitiful 49th of the 50 states. yes, 49th in road quality. so there's no argument about our tattered highways.
ask any driver for that matter. but the costs worried some legislators. governor brown, south bay legislator jim bell and even assembly speaker tony atkins all offered bills that would have redusd the state's $59 billion road repair bill. each version would have increased grass lean taxes, got to get the money somewhere as well as annual automobile registration fees. the translation more taxes and that's the issue. it always s the oil industry this time and the state's republican legislators they combined with just enough moderate democrats to defeat that proposal. >> we talked about this at the top, but jerry brown supported po both of these measures and until though the governor has been successful with the legislature to achieve his goals. why the split now, especially with some members of his own democratic party? >> well, listen, a couple factors here get involved in this whole thing. here is the major ones that contributed.
first, legislative leadership is weaker today than it was under democrat senate leader darrell steinberg who was termed out in 2014. that means less discipline, especially for the democrats. second, republicans in 2014 gained just enough seats to deny democrats that magic 2/3 majority that they need for the most important legislation, including tax increases. so those are the big things there. but governor brown. >> yeah what, about him? he has not clout? >> you would think so, but we are beginning to see something. it could be that the long lasting bloom is coming offer the brown rose. i will tell you why. in the latest l.a. times usc poll released friday 53% gave support to brown. high marks for brown in september. okay? but that compares with 64% in february. that's 11 point decline in one six-month period. when respondents were asked about california's direction,
this is the one that gets me the most, 38% said we are going on the right track, but 49% said we are going on the wrong track. so you put this together with the other two factors that we just talked about and it may be there just weren't enough votes and not enough pressure both from the executive branch and inside the legislature to get these things through. so combine t throw it all together. bottom line, all this shows that just how delicate policy making can be in this complex political arena we call california. >> larry, thank you as always for your time this morning. stay with us, when "today in the bay" returns we will have an update on the valley fire near calistoga. christie smith is in llc. >> reporter: that's right. the valley fire explodes overnight leaving a path of destruction in parts of the lake county. homes are destroyed. coming up we will give you a look and tell you about california fire's plans for today. and we even have some showers fall in morning.
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the fire started yesterday afternoon north of calistoga - and has a an update to breaking news now. the fire that started yesterday afternoon north of calistoga has already burned about 40,000 acres. let's go back to "today in the bay's" christie smith who is standing by live in middletown with updates on the valley fire. christie. >> reporter: well, it's really
smoky out here, but it is daylight so you get a better sense of the damage and devastation that's out here. these are what a lot of the streets look like, the power polls just have power lines dangling in the streets, a lot of the poles are sideways and if scott can pan over you can see what some of the harder hit neighborhoods look like. we are in middletown. it's not just this home here, it's the one next to it, it's the one across the street, it's the one on the block behind it. now, across the street some of the homes are fine, but you go to these and you see that there really isn't much left. now, cal fire is here, they have about 1,000 firefighters here helping with this blaze. of course, that forced evacuations. we saw a lot of folks leaving right down highway 29, very quickly toward calistoga, trying to get out. we saw some burned cars left on the side of the road as people made their way out. i mean, this thing just exploded to 40,000 acres quickly. i mean, when we first heard about it it was at about 400.
this happened within a matter of hours. firefighters say they still don't know what caused it, but at this point their focus is really on trying to put out the fires that continue to burn even today. i asked them what the plan was for today and they said that's t right now they're trying to focus on buildings that are still burning. of course, they want to get those containment lines around but right now they're focusing on situations like this. we had a chance to speak with some folks a little bit earlier snoot sheriff told me to get out. we saw it coming for a long time, it was coming down the hill and kept coming closer and closer and closer. we just had to get up and go. >> we're stretched pretty thin for resources due to the other fires burning in northern california. we have orders in for additional resources. we do have hundreds of firefighters responding to this incident. >> reporter: now, four firefighters were injured, we're told they suffered second-degree burns but are expected to make a
full recovery. again, more and more firefighters are coming, a lot of them i had a chance to speak with and they were just shaking their heads, talk being how sad it was and how devastating and just how quickly it moved, but they're focusing on, again, trying to put out fires, structure fires, that continued to burn and of course containment. even though i want to point out that this particular area looks pretty bad, it looks like this we did have a chance to drive through the downtown area where the business right side and that area actually looks pretty good, it looks untouched. this side of the street it is burned but you you go to the other side and it looks just fine and that's how this fire went. some areas very hard hit, others untouched. that's the latest from here, reporting live in lake county, christie smith, nbc bay area news. so difficult to see. christie smith and scott walker out there all night. thank you for those reports and updating that story all morning long. so many people have been evacuated but the shelters are now filling up.
when told the shelter at kelseyville presbyterian church is at capacity now, it cannot accept any more evacuees, but we are hearing the shelter at kelseyville high school will open ats 8:00 a.m. for evacuees, the napa county fairground in calistoga is also open, the clearlake senior center is also accepting evacuees this morning# stay with nbc bay area for the latest on these fast moving fires. you can also download our nbc bay area app, that is free. let's bring in anthony slaughter now who is standing by at the weather wall. >> good morning to you. in fact, we have been telling you all morning long the conditions are expected time prove later on this afternoon. right now we do have some showers falling. the reason why this wildfire grew so incredibly fast, yesterday not only was it windy for a couple of hours but from 9:00 in the morning until the fire began around 1:00 all the way through the evening and 9:00 in the evening yesterday. winds were gusting up to about 40 miles per hour so that's 12 hours of just gusty winds and
erratic conditions. so today less wind and only gusts up to 15 miles per hour, but tomorrow morning winds are expect to go gust once again up to 356789 we also have some showers falling, this is all very light stuff, residual moisture from former hurricane linda, it has moved all the way through the bay area. now we are finding light sprinlsless, that's going to be the trend for the next hour or so. once the sun starts to rise we will get rid of this cloud cover. yesterday turned out to be a crisp fall like day. similar conditions today. 70 degrees san francisco with more clouds, 80 east bay, 82 peninsula and still warm for inland valleys, the south bay, north bay and even the tri-valley will see a mix of low to mid 80s, the tri-valley mid to upper 80s there. the rain that's moving through is leftover fektsz from linda. we are pretty much done with that as i zoom out and shows you what's happening across the rest of the open waters. i want to show you the future cast it shows you how quick this
rain is going to move out. as we move towards 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 it all fades away up near the lake county area, even for us here in the bay area, we will see some sunshine this afternoon, good mix of sun an clouds more of that high and mid-level cloud cover so you will get that filtered shooirn. as we move toward the next couple of days we're talking about two chances of cooler weather, the first chance of cold weather -- i should say cooler weather is this cold front that's going to move through tomorrow. that's going to drop our temperatures 5 degrees for tomorrow into tuesday. tuesday is our transitional day, another cold front going to move through for wednesday. this could bring us a shot of rain especially for the north bay which would be great news for awful those fires still burning across the state. for us at home i think it will be north of the golden gate bridge where we see the rain chances now really the best news of all is it's just not going to be as hot this upcoming week. temperatures cooling off. 83 today for san jose, 80 tomorrow, 78 by tuesday and with increased cloud cover for
wednesday and thursday. temperatures will pretty much stay the same but we will be watching wednesday and thursday especially for the chance of showery activity. at the coastline san francisco will see temperate conditions, no big fluctuations here. definitely no 90s like we saw this past week. we're talking about a cooler week ahead, 70 degrees for today with a mix of sun clouds and clouds, same for tuesday. wednesday we may have to add that chance of rain for san francisco, right now it looks like north of the golden gate. cooler conditions as we await our rainy season which starts in just a couple of weeks. >> with california on fire the way it is so many wildfires burning throughout the state we will take those cooler temperatures. >> hopefully with el nino talking updcq-ç we could be tal being great news this winter. in san jose thousands of sharks fans came out to the sap center for this year's fan fest. the team's 25th anniversary jersey was unveiled and fans were treatsed to a sharks versus ducks rookie game which got underway just a few minutes ago. rather that was last night. highlights also included player
autographs and pictures, activities for the kids and on the main stage a whole lot of talk about the upcoming season. super bowl 50 coming to levi stadium in santa clara in february and this weekend a celebrate of that on the peninsula. a mobile exhibit celebrating the history of the 49ers and the raiders made its first stop of the season at the mountain view art and wine festival. the exhibit is called the 50 tour and it is a set to make 50 stops before the big game. it includes all 8 vince lombardi trophies won by the 49ers and raiders. you can still see the exhibit in mountain view today from 10:00 to 6:00. >> wow. >> very cool. >> 50 stops in 50 locations >> right. i had a chance to see those vince lombardi trophies at the museum. cool to see them up close snoot planning committee must have went through the wires just to get that offer the ground. >> it's a big deal. we have sunday night football night in america and a special edition of nbc bay area news will follow the game at
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