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businesses in the path of those flames gone. just over two days, the fire has exploded to more than 65,000 acres. >> and raj has been there on site seeing that destruction firsthand for 48 hours now, he joins us live, raj. >> it's hard to imagine all the people that are on the move, more than 10,000 people have been evacuated, and it's not just here in middletown, it's in the surrounding communities as well. so many people are impacted. not just the locals, but people across the bay area who have visited the area and perhaps here in middletown as well. let's get you caught up on the latest information as we know it here. on site, we've spoken to several firefighters and right now, here is some good news, this fire fight is 5% contained. doesn't sound like much, but keep in mind where we were just last night at 11:00 p.m. where there was 0% containment. this is a region we're talking about, 80 square miles, more than the size of the city of san francisco.
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really when it comes to fighting this fire, there's a lot that goes into it, and firefighters have told us continuously that this is a challenge, all the experience they have had fighting these fires in the last few years of this drought, but that's the issue. the wind conditions really in the last 90 days. they've never seen anything like it. the chopper footage you see, just the destruction and really we've been talking about how it's a hopscotch fire. many parts of the neighborhoods have been burned, other parts have remained in tact. there are a lot of businesses that remain in tact, that is good news, but of course so many homeowners coming back to nothing. and that's really the issue as we come back here live. we are on jefferson court. this is where we were last night talking about these homes here that were destroyed. we talked to a man, jim hah, he watched us on television last night, came here, we met today, and he reviewed what he saw here at his family's property and it's not property at all. we talked with jim just a few hours ago.
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there's not much to salvage, but amidst the ashes, small victories. >> one memorabilia that we are here is this vase right here. and this is all, this is all they got left. so we're going to give this back to them. and you know, everything else, obviously as you can see is not very intact. >> reporter: he saw our broadcast and the vase last night from the driveway of his daughter-in-law's house. today he returned with gratitude. >> just incredible how the community actually had gotten out of it. it looks like it's gotten out without, you know, too much injuries or anything like that. we're thankful for that for sure. >> reporter: across the street -- >> check this out. >> reporter: summer vacation has taken a detour. >> excuse us, excuse us. >> reporter: college students, dominic and connor swung into action looking to help dogs and
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cats that didn't make it out. >> difficult to see this and walk through the streets. this is your neighborhood. >> this is our childhood. this is our childhood burnt down. i went to the high school, and so did he, and now we're full-time students. i go to sonoma state, he goes to ucsd, and it's rough coming home, and seeing all this, you know, and friend's house is right there. and it's just gone. and buddy next to him is just gone. all the way to the ground. all it is is ash. >> reporter: it's not any town, this is middletown as they pick up the pieces. and you can see, it's now somewhat of an act of scene. really its been three phases so far on saturday night, the destruction and the flames, yesterday, more of the assessment on what exactly happened. and continuing with the evacuation and today now, step one, a small step forward in trying to rebuild this small town of about 1500 residents. this community is very tight knit. so far there's been one death. we bring in jodie hernandez, and when we talk about these fires, this is not something we're used
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to. we're used to covering the fires, but not people dying from them. >> raj, this is just so tragic. she was a retired special ed teacher. she only moved to, moved to this town about a year ago to enjoy her retirement. now much like this scene on this street, the fire tore through her neighborhood. but she was disabled, she didn't have a car, and she couldn't make it out. >> it just makes me feel so horrible that, that she had to go like that. i mean, no one should have to go like that. >> reporter: jennifer's devastated. the woman she helped care for couldn't escape the fast-moving valley fire. 72-year-old barbara mcwilliams died over the weekend when the flames ripped through her neighborhood. she was with mcwilliams at her middletown house saturday afternoon when the fire started, but they had no idea she was in danger. >> i was just up there, and left and she was fine and happy and
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then, she's gone. and it's, it's absolutely devastating. >> reporter: she didn't realize how ferocious the fire was until she got home to kelseyville about 30 miles away. she tried desperately to make it back to middletown, but the roads were closed. and she couldn't convince any emergency workers to check on the woman. who suffered from multiple sclerosis and didn't have a car. >> no one ever got her. >> reporter: today nothing but ashes are left on the street she lived on. every house is gone. she wants mcwilliams to know she did her best to get to her. >> i'm sorry. i am so, so, so sorry that she didn't make it. and then i just, i wish she could know how hard that i tried. >> reporter: so, so tough, now the mcwilliams family issued a statement late today. they are devastated by the loss of a mother, grandmother, and a
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friend. they are asking that donations be made in her honor to the american red cross. reporting live in middletown, i'm jodie hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodie. very difficult situation because you had firefighters going through so many homes to get so many people out, and they managed, were successful in so many ways, but then you have this one loss. and there is the concern, obviously, that there may be other people that are unaccounted for that they don't know what kind of condition they're in because they're just starting to get back into the neighborhoods. >> people are scattered everywhere. thousands of people evacuated. raj, he's back live in middletown, you're interviewed a couple back. how many have you actually seen make it back to see their homes and see if it's still intact? >> reporter: just a few, that's been the frustrating part for the more than 10,000 evacuate wees, they want to come here and see if their property remains or if its been damaged or not. just a few people have been able to come back, keep in mind, this has been closed off, middletown
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and this whole region probably until wednesday or thursday, but a few people have come in, some government workers, and some city employees who have the access to come here. its been interesting because a lot of people have been reaching out to us and me specifically saying hey, raj, here's my address, friend's address, can you check on their homes. we're doing the best we can, but its been emotional and difficult for those thousands down below and other areas. >> one of the biggest impediments is the roadway. any time there's sort of natural disaster or a manmade disaster like this. gaining access to the location, even if firefighters let you in is often difficult because of conditions. >> reporter: yeah, jessica, you're covered these natural disasters before, just to come up here now, most of the roads were blocked or many of them were 24 hours ago, pg and e and firefighters have made great progress. coming up here a couple hours ago, it was much more clear in terms of the powerlines with, but it is still difficult. so far a lot of roads have been
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reopened. as i mentioned just a couple minutes ago, this is now a scene where there's a lot of firefighters, more than 1500 of them, a lot of pg&e employees, and a lot of reporters and media members. really, this town does have some life in it, but it's just not with the residents. >> and you see the live wires, stay away, don't touch them, don't go near them. raj, we'll check back later in the newscast. fire isn't the only one firefighters are battling. more than 11,000 are dealing with 12 large wild fires. that's what we're talking about right now. it's just a fraction though, the 7,000 wild fires we've had this season alone. and the damage, when it comes to acreage, more than 650,000 acres charred, so far, just this fire season. the valley fire has led to poor air quality here in the bay area. we want to show you a view from the nbc helicopter today. you can see all this haze, low visibility, smoke drifting across the bay area. we've even seen ash falling all the way in santa clara county in san jose.
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our chief meteorologist is checking the smoke and a change in the weather that should hopefully help firefighters, jeff. >> well, today some of those changes did get started off much cooler temperatures, clouds moving in, and some spotty showers as well. right near the zone of that fire. as we get a look at the wind. the wind pattern is blowing the smoke away from the bay area right up into the sacramento valley. its been gusty, 5 to 25 miles per hour. tomorrow, key change of the wind, more out of the north and also westerly direction. that likely could blow smoke back into the napa. also contra cost and alameda temperatures. temperatures will be at 77 degrees, cooler than this weekend, but winds still may gust to 30 miles per hour. and humidity of 39%. best news for firefighters and anyone living in that area who hope to get back to check in on what may be left of their homes is the fact that we have rain coming in, and this should again help with containment. by wednesday at 2:30, rain right on top of the region where that fire valley, valley fire is
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burning. and they likely could see rain from two to about 7:00 again on wednesday. we're tracking that full forecast and we'll have details in about 15 minutes. >> now if you want to help out the evacuatees and give supplies or money, click on the donate link. nbcbayarea.com. again the red cross saying it needs financial donations. we have some more news tonight, a decision in the murder trial of two teenagers accused of killing a paramedic in oakland. one of the teens was convicted. as for the other suspect, jurors couldn't reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared. we are live in oakland with what's next, chuck. >> reporter: well, liz boioier, the widow said she thought the judge would declare a mistrial. she admitted to me that her --
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the jury was deadlocked. there was doubt about whether christian burton actually pulled the trigger on the gun. the attempted carjacking happened along keller avenue in oakland in april, 2013. >> it means a longer battle, but it also means the battle's not done. it wasn't an acquittal. and i feel, which they could have done. they could have decided to acquit, and they didn't. >> reporter: jurors did, however convict 17-year-old david mcneil of first-degree murder and felony carjacking. he was convicted of two other felonies and sources involved with the case say that the combination could lengthen mcneil's sentence from 50 years to life in prison. mcneil is scheduled to be sentenced december 4th. now attorneys for the burton case are expected to be two weeks from now, and that could be the first step to determine whether or not he will have a retrial. quinn, meanwhile, had just been accepted to stanford physician
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assistance school, and the bioiers had lived in dublin, both worked as paramedics, had been married less than a year. live in oakland, nbc bay area news. >> so heart breaking. okay, thank you, chuck. still to come at 6:00, continuing coverage of the valley fire. we're getting our first look at another town nearly destroyed by flames. we're going to head back to our raj, he's in middletown with more on the devastation. i'm robert honda live in morgan hill where cal fire reinforcements are on their way to the valley fire. we talk to the firefighters about what they're heading into and what they're leaving behind. are you ready for some football? monday night football here at levi stadium. coming up, the perks of local workers are getting today. other communities across lake
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county have been destroyed. this is wat while it's not just middletown hit hard, others across lake county destroyed as well. this is what it looks like tonight. abandoned. some people stay looks apocket liptic. cars, trees, roads, everything, burned, so much turned to ashes. raj has been in middletown since yesterday. and raj, damage is so extensive, but one power plant up in lake county is still standing. the geyser plant still functional, raj? >> reporter: yeah, it sure is. and that's really good news.
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we talked about all the small businesses that have been impacted here in middletown and the region, but there is some very big business here. something that's very important economically for lake county. let's tell you about it. we're talking about the geyser,s with this is the largest geothermal plant in the world. this is big stuff. 350 full-time employees are here. this is 21% of california's renewable energy. now, some of the plants have been damaged by this valley fire. now, essentially if you're asking what are the geysers and what does it do? essentially they've tapped or harnessed the steam that's coming from the earth naturally, and they turn it into power. this goes back generations, hundreds of years from the early settlers and to the native americans, but now, cal pine operates 15 of the plants and silicon valley power operates two of the plants. and that might ring a bell for those of you in the south bay because silicon valley power helps provide power to city such as sunnyville and santa clara. many are okay.
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a few have been damaged. that's good news for lake county in terms of economic reasons. now before we leave you, we to want show you what it looks like at this hour. look towards the sun there, get a perspective what have we're seeing and what we're breathing. there's a mixture here of ash, some rain clouds, and a lot of smoke, but, thankfully the wind is driving this through. so, that's the latest from right now. we'll see you later on in the newscast, back to you. >> thank you very much, raj, check in with you a bit later. we've been updating the story by the minute onload. download the nbc bay area app there, give you the latest news and also see photos and videos of that damage. switching gears now, first tonight at levi's stadium in just about an hour from now, the 49ers play their first monday night football game at the new stadium. we are live at the field. excitement and people expected to be tonight. >> reporter: yeah, they've been lining up since about, oh, 12:30 this afternoon. ready to get into the parking lot, and start tailgating.
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traffic is not that bad. slow stream of traffic here on great america parkway in front of me, one hour before kickoff. crews began moving barricades into place this morning, tazman drive is close on drive day so vta can get fans out quickly after the game. it's the first visit to levi for some fans on the other side. >> well, it is the vikings start of the season, playing the 49ers, came into town. see the brand new stadium. >> reporter: some fans decided not to risk the traffic mess and arrived a whole seven hours before kickoff. they lined up outside the gate, eager to get their tailgating started. >> it's going to be crazy traffic. >> reporter: which is why tech companies around the stadium are letting workers out early today to avoid the congestion. >> i'll probably leave a little bit early. you know, i've got a meeting that ends early. so i'll just head on out. i just let me boss know. >> my company down the street
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from the levi stadium, we were told to leave by 3:00. >> reporter: minimum day on game day. it's how they do it in silicon valley. and we're told that fedex and ups and other packaging companies told the locals get your packages ready by 2:00, otherwise, we won't pick them up until tomorrow. they didn't want to get stuck in the traffic. we're live outside levi stadium for monday night football, nbc bay area. >> understandable not to get stuck in the traffic. let's go tour meteorologist, jeff, we've been talking about this potential for rain, and you're starting to see some of it. >> few drops here in the weather camera over the past hour or so. currently 66 degrees, and mainly overcast in tiburon, we did have a few rain drops. great way to start off the week with tooler temperatures with the four-year drought and heightened fire danger throughout all of california. it's not amounting to any heavier rainfall, we have a few spotty showers throughout the peninsula and also the east bay.
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we could expect this lighter activity continuing throughout tonight. let's take you to tomorrow's forecast, and you'll see here on tuesday, we have increased sunshine, shower chances will go away as we head through the noon and afternoon shower. that'll put the south bay at 77 degrees, tri-valley at a comfortable 76. san francisco, 67, and the north bay at 72. if you are wondering about the fire conditions at the valley fire andout missed my update earlier in the show. winds will change tomorrow. likely blowing smoke towards napa. contra costa and alameda counties, 30 miles per hour at the location of the fire. air quality throughout the day area and we'll be at lower levels east bay and also for the south bay. how much rainfall this could bring us in 25 minutes. >> see you then, thank you,
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jeff. stretched thin, but the calls keep coming. resources to help with all those fires. and it's not just the valley fire, we're going to walk you through an fires burning across the state. the "valley fire" is not the
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only large wildfire burning right now in california. janelle has more details now on other huge fires burning in the state. ==janelle//wx wall== ==jess/cu== calfire says it's crucial to keep
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that's burning in calaveras and a.m. dor counties. it's about 70 miles southeast of sacramento. it started last wednesday, it has now burned more than 70,000 acres. only 30% contained and more than 100 homes are destroyed. i want to take you to lake county now which has been, oh, hit extremely hard this summer. there's been several major fires which started and spread into yolo counties. the jer reduce lechl in sonoma and na fa pennsylvania counties. the valley county burned more than # 0,000 acres, only 5% contained. it started saturday afternoon, it exploded to 50,000 acres within 24 hours, and it's now 61,000 acres. a lot of resources fighting this fire nearly 1500 firefighters and ten helicopters and four air tankers, several hundred homes are already destroyed, this is already destroyed and thousands more are still threatened. a dangerous and very active
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situation here at the valley fire. jessica. >> all right, thank you very much. and really active throughout the the state, cal fire says it's crucial to send more firefighters and resources to the fires. but it's difficult as each one of those fires gets bigger. they need to man the stations as well. robert handa joins us live in morgan hill where firefighters left today, and there's going to be a rotation, how long did can they even keep this up? >> reporter: well jessica, it'll be tough for cal fire to keep up with the demand, but the firefighters we talked to headed to the valley fire are certainly ready, willing, and able. brian is getting ready to spend weeks at the valley fire. he is one of three firefighters from the cal fire santa clara county unit deployed there today. he is a new firefighter, but says he's trained and ready. >> just got the call that i'm heading out. so it's going to be fun. it's going to be an adventure. >> reporter: what are your thoughts to going out to such a
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big fire? >> i'm excited, i'm new and i've got a lot to learn. >> reporter: anna is a 12-year veteran, but a forestry specialist dealing with damage assessment. a huge fire, such as the valy fire, is never easy. >> more pulling at the heart strings to see all the devastation happening to all these many families and stuff. and sort of assessing the magnitude of what's happened through this catastrophic incident. >> reporter: do you ever get used to it? >> um, no. >> reporter: third year firefighter trevor says he had one last thing to do. >> just talk to my wife and my family and say, i love them, won't see them for a little bit. and that's pretty much all i have to do. >> reporter: is that the toughest part? >> yeah, that is. saying i won't see you for a while. >> reporter: well, the firefighters say they aren't sure how long they'll be gone. one thing for sure as a cal fire supervisor told me last night at the valley fire in talking about
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reinforcements, they'll be as welcome as rain. robert handa, nbc bay area news. 1,000 people are camped out at the fairgrounds and many don't know if their homes are still standing. i'm michelle roberts. coming up here, how many people are trying to help at this evacuation center tonight. the explosive and devastating
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valley fire that's le we continue to follow a developing story, explosive and devastating valley fire that's left several communities decimated in lake county.
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some people lost everything in minutes, and tonight, they're trying to pick up the pieces. >> and for some, that only means going to search for what they have. but also maybe trying to find something more valuable than that. looking for a pet that may have many to abandon in the last few minutes and raj joins us from middletown, and raj, i understand you're getting a new estimation where the fire is at this the point. >> reporter: indeed, new numbers to pass along, 62,000 acres. it's grown in size, however, on the flipside now, this fire is now 10% contained. i just spoke with one of the fire officials, about two minutes ago he was right here at our live location, and i asked him why the containment, what the process is, why it might be taking a longer time than usual with the fires, and he looked and said quite honestly, we're short staffed. so many fires that they're fighting including the buick fire down the road that cal fire is short staffed. essentially they are taking a defensive position rather than an offensive position. now as for some of the residents
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that have been able to view their homes here, and what's left of them, one of the leaders of this community, his name is dwayne harper, now dwayne is one of the owners of the hardware store, it's here in town. it's also a grocery store, and one of our nbc crews was with them earlier this afternoon as he was touring his own home that burned to the ground. and our interview with dwayne was interrupted for a good reason. take a listen. zblanny. oh, there's my cat. annie. >> reporter: he got annie the cat. finally found his cat annie. we're happy for him. dwayne haerp one of the leaders in this community. and i should mention, dwayne harper also part of my extended family here. so we were really happy with what he's doing with his community and keeping his hardware store and zbroesh ri store open during this difficult time. essentially servicing the firefighters and pg&e crews that are working here around the
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clock. among the 10,000 plus evacuees, many, we've been following their story and spending a lot of time with them, they are down below which is about a 30 minute drive from here in middle town. that's where we bring in michelle roberts with their status, michelle. >> reporter: for many tonight really the worst part is waiting and not knowing. some people don't no if their homes are still standing. red cross is here, the amazing thing has been really to see the people who are helping and even enjoying themselves. look behind me, the kids enjoying a little monday night football in front of the tv lights. theresa is trying to find a strength to be positive today for her daughter taylor and the baby she's expecting in the spring. >> it's very hard. it's really, really hard. everything we have is in there. >> reporter: she and her husband left their home in a panic over the weekend. >> the winds were out of control, and the fire was just, it was just coming fast. >> reporter: her family got out
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safe, but when they returned, this is what they will see. tin room ranch home -- >> she had her first word, everything in that home. and serving gone. >> reporter: theresa says she's gaining strength from friends and neighbors at the evacuation center. >> these guys, 20 sets of hands, anything is possible. >> reporter: volunteers spent the day working on dinner. >> i'm making chili. >> reporter: clothes and tents. >> hello there. >> reporter: and some even offered free massages a at pop-up wellness center. >> a kind word and a hug and a little loving touch goes a long way. >> reporter: for many the acts of kindness offered a quick escape from the worries. >> i hope my home's safe and my dog's safe. >> reporter: the familiar faces camped out in the evacuation center serve as a reminder that she's not alone. >> we'll get through this together. we'll all rebuild together. >> reporter: today i spoke to a senior from middletown high school, he says that he was in
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charge of planning the homecoming dance on friday. instead of doing the planning today, she spent the day passing out water to evacuees. reporting live tonight, michelle roberts, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. we want to give you an update on the buick fire. about 70 miles, there is some promising news, progress on getting a fire line built around the fire. fires burning in amador and calaveras counties and the sierra foothills is 30% contained. 71,000 acres have burned. fires also destroyed more than 200 structures, most of them homes. some evacuation orders were lifted today and pg&e crews were allowed into burned out area to restore power. >> we have assessed about 1600 utility poles and about 5500 in this area, we know that we've got 100, at least that we're going to have to replace. that includes spans of wire, cross arms and other types of
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equipment. >> now despite the good progress, there's more than 6400 homes that are still in danger, still threatened, and thousands of people are spending another night in shelters. the fire started six days ago. the cause is under investigation. now governor brown made it clear today that his priority is doing everything he can to help firefighters gain the upper hand on these wild fires. governor also emphasizing though the importance of tacklg what he says is the long term challenge now. >> the temperatures are rising. the annual mean temperature is going up, and that then when combined with years of drought means that the conditions are worse. they're drier and therefore the fires are acting more aggressively, more unpredictably. we have to do something about it. >> governor brown wants california leaders to do something about climate change or he warns the fire seasons will only worsen. and you can watch more on the governor on our website, all you have to do is click on the top story box, it'll take you to his comments on the fire and the
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issue of climate change. again, nbcbayarea.com. drones a hot ticket item that's becoming a popular target for thieves. tonight police are looking for two suspects who broke into a drones store early this morning. that's where our reporter is live. the store manager thinks this is a trend. >> reporter: well, that's because three other drones plus stores were also targeted all within the last five weeks. here is santa clara and they are just crawling in. once inside the store early this morning, the thieves went to work. stealing about $5,000 worth of drones and other merchandise in less than 90 seconds. >> they know that they have a good value on the market. and they sell very easily. >> reporter: this isn't the only store hit. during the last five weeks, several drones plus stores have been targeted.
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including this one in studio city. in what appears to be a well competitor graphed break-in, seven suspects stole $15,000 worth of drones. and at the vancouver store on saturday, someone tried to get into the store by backing a car into the front door. after several attempts, the suspects finally gave up. >> i was in shock because our other store got burglarized frequently. >> reporter: at this store, some sell for $5,000. which is one reason why the manager says he plans to fortify his inventory cage. >> they're becoming more and more popular. and as we move forward, i think we're going to be more and more targeted. >> reporter: the store manager says he plans to check craigslist rather and other sites to see if anyone is trying to sell merchandise from his store. reporting live in santa clara, nbc bay area news. >> okay, thank you, mary-ann.
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of course we'll continue to follow the developing story, the heart breaking valley fire. at this point, 0% contained. the conditions making it a complicated fire fight and the forecast, will it bring them some relief? plus digging in during the drought. the transformation under way at the state capital that should help save water. sales-force has brought in a
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happening now, brought in a large cruise ship into san francisco, believe it or not, it is true. the giant hosting its annual conference, it kicks off tomorrow. there are not enough hotels in the city to adocument date, so they hired the cruisship to house 1100 guests. dream force infused $220 million
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directly into the local economy. the lawn at the state capital is becoming more drought-friendly. today workers transformed a patch of the capital's east lawn into a mulching project. this is an effort to conserve water as we are in our fourth year of drought. workers laid a barrier of card board and mulch over the 1,000-square feet of lawn. helps turn the soil into sponge that holds moisture which helps conserve water. state water officials say landscape watering amounts for more than 50% of water use in california. well, you're hired. movie star and former california governor arnold schwarzenegger is the new host of celebrity apprentice. that's the investigate formerly held by donald trump. it's known through putting contestants through challenges. he did graduate from the university of wisconsin with degrees in business and international economics. nbc executives say his proven track record and global entertainment and politics makes him a great fit for the show.
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no word on whether he will change the tagline from you're fired, into you're terminated. >> good accent, jessica. right on. spot on. >> we need to give you credit now for that. >> i know. >> payback for that kickback. we had some sprinkles today, and more could be on the way. good news. >> it is for the firefighters up in the north bay fighting the valley fire. you can see the clouds on the increase right now and areas of drizzle near the coastline. we're tracking those rain chances that could impact the firefighters in a few minutes. and jeff, that's exactly where we are in middletown, it is windy, it is smokey, and it is chilly. we'll continue our live coverage next. ==janelle//boxes== the valley
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fire is so large it has created it's own weather system. we want to update you on the valley fire. it is so large its created its own weather system and sending ash all across the bay area.
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>> we saw some drizzle, and what's the situation with the wind right now? >> reporter: it is windy. excuse me, lost your transmission far moment. it is windy, cool, and yet it's smokey and it continues which i believe in terms of the cool temperatures and the rain that's been coming through that's good news so the firefighters, but the wind is tricky. we are here, we continue your coverage on jefferson court. really to show you the juxtaposition of the daniel here, this is a two-story home, destroyed. now if you can see pasted oven and the laundry room and those things into the next door neighbor, you see mountain bikes there, and that home, relatively untouched by this fire. so many people have told me on saturday, late afternoon, early evening, they just felt the wall of fire here in middletown, but they didn't realized though flames could travel so quickly double the hill and into the small town so they fled. they evacuated with as many things as they could in terms of
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personal belongings. really, they had to leave most here. now in terms of this fire fight, we told you about ten minutes ago, we had updated numbers for you, now 10% contained, however it is growing slowly now to about 62,000 acres. and keep in mind, it's not just middletown, it's this entire region, this fire impacting about 80 square miles which we mentioned also, which is bigger than the size of the city of san francisco. let's bring in now our chief meteorologist jeff, and jeff, just as i said your name, i felt the wind pick up here. what are you seeing on your end? >> we will see a shift in the winds tomorrow, raj. firefighters will have to get ready for yet again another change. in fact, this could bring more smoke back to the bay area, napa specifically, also contra costa and alameda counties. also, cobb, this epicenter of this fire that started this weekend, temperatures will stay on the cool side at 77. humidity, not extremely dry, it'll be at 39%. so overall, considering the very hot and dry weather, we had a
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week ago, this is a decent forecast for firefighters to at least try and get more containment on this fire. we had a few sprinkles out there where raj is reporting live today at the fire. it's from the cold front off to the north. as we zoom in and get a closer fix, you can see there's not too much to speak of, spotty showers throughout the bay area. you may drive through that this evening, that's just about it. we'll take you outside the sky camera network right now and you can see the numbers have dropped a lot you know compared to what we had this weekend, 72 in the south bay, east bay at 75. right here in the san francisco area, also the noort bay, you can see how much cloud cover we're dealing with, specifically in san francisco, that moisture increasing and importing all of this drizzle right now across downtown and again, that is great news, even if we couldn't get heavy rainfall today for the firefighter to increase that moisture content. tomorrow morning, we will start off on the cloudy side if you're leaving to get the kids ready for work. road trip or off to school. it'll be on the overcast side to
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start with. and for the south bay, expecting 59 degrees. the forecast this week will be dominated by the area of upper low pressure sitting across the west. the key component this will help to bring us tomorrow is not only the drizzle in the morning hours, but another round and below average temperatures throughout the bay area. that same pattern will be responsible for yet again another chance of rainfall as we head throughout wednesday and that is the great news. it doesn't look like a big storm system, but anything, obviously better than nothing. so i want to show you next these estimated rainfall totals and computer models are pretty much in line with anywhere from .500 to a tenth of an inch. right now about 600th of an inch expected wednesday night into thursday morning. santa rosa, more south you go unfortunately theless chances we'll have. san jose .001. microclimate forecast throughout tuesday, and the biggest difference you'll notice here is that increased sunshine. that'll put san jose at 75 degrees, cooper tee know 77,
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morgan hill just a shade cooler. for the peninsula, 73 in palo alto and coastline at all, take the layers, it'll only be 64 degrees with fog hanging on, and it's a day where temperatures will remain in the 60s here across san francisco. and the tri-valley and you can see, we'll expect 72 in napa. for the east bay, 71 in oakland. freemt, 72, and for the tri-valley, what a difference a week makes. this time last week, we were forecast 105 to 107. to so a much needed break here for you. 73 expected in danville and 76 for lir more. the weekend forecast gets hotter, let's look, and throughout saturday and sunday temperatures in the low 90s for the south bay. san francisco mid to upper 70s, and it looks like we'll cop out into marin, napa, and sonoma counties. so firefighters definitely have the weather on their side through wednesday. after that into the weekend, it'll be again back to some very
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warm temperatures and also low humidities. jess and janelle. >> hopefully they can get the upper hand. nfl season kicks off tonight for the 49ers. what can we expect in the jim tomsula area? sports is next. [female announcer] for thousands of local foster children,
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okay, let's get to sports. minutes from kickoff, the niners season -- >> so excited about football season. i cannot believe it. >> season opener. monday night football, i am excited. >> super excited. >> yeah, you know what, everyone's excited and just for week one, it's pretty important game for the 49ers. one thing we know for sure, coming into tonight's opener against the minnesota vikings, tim tomsula hoping his debut goes a whole lot better than
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jack del rio's yesterday at the coliseum. now, in order for the home opener to be a success, colin kaepernick will need to have the growth that he supposedly made during the offseason and those workouts in the desert. and new wide receiver tori smith could help make that happen. vernon difs needing to return to pro bowl form, here's mindi bock with more. >> reporter: with adrian and the vikings coming to lee vie stadium monday night, they plan to flip the page on whatever they did or did not accomplish in the preseason. >> i think all of it is just to be consistent. just make the plays that are there. don't make things too complicated, and you know, move the ball. >> having a new defensive defensive staff and playbook, it can be frustrating and complicated. we have a great group of guys that are smart. >> i think we have, you know, just the right amount of older guys and right amount of young guys to learn from those older
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guys. >> reporter: ian williams is one of four defensive captains elected by the players before the start of the regular season. the other there are bowman, reid, and buffet. on offense, kaepernick, joe, boldin, and vernon davis were selected by the players with phil dauson being a special teams representative. and there's a reason jim tomsula has twice as many captains for the team as the 49ers have had in previous years. >> i think that's jimmy t.'s part of trying to show that, you know, this is a team, and you know, he doesn't want to the single out any one player and we're the 49ers, we're not one player or two players. >> it's a question the players are eager to start anxious monday night. in santa clara, mindi bock, nbc bay area. >> thank you very much. all right, 49ers and vikings, that story along with the giants and reds and white sox all tonight at 11:00. reporting live, nbc bay area.
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>> thank you very much. let's give you one last look at the fire again, the valley fire has destroyed hundreds of homes. the estimate is about 500 right now, but that could balloon up to as much as 1,000. and so far, one person has died. and elderly woman. >> the fire scorched 62,000 acres. containment up a bit in the last hour. now 10% contained. let's go back out to raj, he's live in lake county with more, raj. >> reporter: well janelle and jessica, few other things before we leave here. one person, we spoke with many people at the evacuation center. and unfortunately, there are about three or four people there in who live here in middletown that have said they still have family members unaccounted for. the fear is the death toll will rise in the next 24 or 48 hours. as for the fire fight and what's going to happen later on tonight, here's what we know. in fact i'll have the camera swing over this way, and right across the highway there, you see those pg&e trucks, that's
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not an office, that's middletown high school and middletown middle school. that is a staging area. they are dozens of trucks here just trying to restore some of the power and clean up some of the power lines that are down on this street. they will be here through the night as will we. i'll be here throughout the night, joined by sheryl herd, we'll see you at 11:00, back to you. >> okay. thanks so much, raj. now you have a look at the conditions right now out there in lake county. >> the wind is anywhere from 15 to 20 miles per hour. and wind gusts that could be as high as 30 miles per hour from the bay area, windy for everyone, but at least temperatures will stay down to 77 degrees, and the best news for anyone in the area, we do have rainfall on tap wednesday. so that could help with the containment numbers. >> huge difference. thank you. >> thank you for joining us. >> we'll sue you tonight at 11:00. >> bye.
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