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now at eleven. the big headline tonight from the wine country wildfires?... live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> we are turning the corner. things feel good in our gut as firefighters. >> now at 11:00 p.m. the headline from the wine country wildfires, containment. an update on today's big
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progress. good evening. one week now to the hour when it blew up in the worse wildfire in california history. the pocket fire is now 30% contained. the tubs fire that started in calistoga and tore through santa rosa 60% contained. the nuns fire is at 40% containment. and yet it still burns tonight. chopper 5 in santa rosa this afternoon. you could see flair ups near hood mountain regional park. now called the oakmont fire and it is cal fire's top priority tonight. burning north of highway 12 and that is where we find kpix 5's katie nielson. >> reporter: if you look behind me you can't see much of
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anything now. it is easterliy quiet and dark on highway 12 but today this was cal fire's top priority. they had oakmont fire burning to the north and the nuns fire burning to the south above kenwood. they worry tonight those fires could merge. >> reporter: flames from the nuns fire continue their march across the ridge line. snaking north along the hilltops towards santa rosa. the flames really kicked up around 10:00 a.m. this morning when the sun sit the valley floor. >> creates an updraft and causes increase in fire activity. so it is kind of gotten over a few containment lines. >> reporter: but air support was constant till sun down as helicopters dropped water. all working with crews on the ground to stop the destruction.
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>> so we have people that are on top of the homes, even though the area is evacuated. we have a fire truck in the driveways. last thing we want to do is lose more homes. >> reporter: firefighters are expecting together calm night and hopefully a productive morning to stop the fire in its tracks. >> it will remain dry and warm. however we will have a much -- a big reduction in the wind so that will be in our favor. that allows us to get on top of this thing, get close, hit it hard and fast. >> reporter: working the night shift, bulldozers and hand crews and at sun rise air support will be back trying to stop the fires from moving in to oakmont or santa rosa. right now no structures were damaged or destroyed during today's flair ups. katie nielson, kpix 5. evacuation orders have been lifted in several areas.
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in napa county people can return to calistoga. mendocino county residents can now go home in red wood valley, potter valley and pine mountain and evacuation is over in sonoma county. and tonight most of the evacuation advisories that atlas fire have been lifted including napa and fairfield. kpix 5's joe vazquez has been talking to people who fled the fire and not everyone has a home to go back to. >> reporter: that's right. you know, the atlas fire was the first one to break out a week ago tonight in napa and now as evacuees return home there are mixed feeling depending on which side of the fire they live. >> reporter: fire crews are still pouring whatter over -- water over hot spots. folks have been out of their home for 7 days. this is where the fire burned
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down 100 homes. two people were killed here. they made it out but their house is gone. >> in this moment i am realizing you don't put your boots on and shift through stuff. there is nothing to shift through. >> reporter: on the south side it is a different story. this is green valley. >> now that everyone is home we couldn't be happier. >> the neighborhood celebrates the fact they dodged a bullet. >> we thought we were 50/50 at best. >> reporter: they are back home. >> it has been a crazy week. we were one of the first ones that were evacuated. we left on monday and then we just were allowed to get back in. it is amazing. you have a peace. you do. you have a peace. there was a time when we
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thought the area wouldn't make it. >> reporter: it is nice to see the joyous community spirit and the relief on people's faces when they find their homes are still in tact. as we move forward there will be a lot of people that get home to nothing. joe vazquez, kpix 5. >> that is tough. thank you. the number of people killed in the fires did not go up. the death toll remains at 40. 248 people are still reported miss nothingcluding 174 -- including 174 missing in sonoma county. 200,000 acres burned. 5700 homes and businesses have been destroyed but there is good news. clear skies in san francisco. haze improved over the weekend. the winds calm downed but the
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headline, here is your headline, rain returns thursday. in the bay area, half inch of rain is in the forecast. that is fantastic news for firefighters for the situation and we will have details when we cover the forecast in a minute. sky drone 5 giving us a look at the devastation in santa rosa's hardest hit neighborhood. sunday night and monday morning flames destroyed 3,000 homes in the coffee park community. kpix 5's kiet do has the new aerial views of the burn area. >> for the past week drones have been prohibited from flying above in santa rosa. ban that is till today. kpix 5 got permission to fly over coffee park where sky drone 5 shows us the devastation. we spent the day driving and mapping the burned houses that is three miles all the way
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around. all told, 2800 homes. >> i can't believe it. you know? my house was -- would look like that. >> reporter: he was one of the first homeowners allowed back in. the fire knocked out the power so his children had to manually open up the garage door. the house was one of the first to go. he lived here for 35 years. >> how are you going to go on now? >> i don't know. i want to just live day by day. >> reporter: today the family is on the hunt for earrings, coins, anything that may have survived the heat. joe's wife is suffering from dementia and near the end of her life. part of her angel collection made it. >> reporter: what does it tell you they made it? >> there is hope if we will move on and when she does go
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she will be looking after us. >> reporter: there are stories of heroes everywhere. he is using a fire hose, stayed behind to save homes. neighbors now take turns patrolling for luters. they stopped a pair of men from making off with a gun safe. >> don't do it. let people have their things. what they have left. >> reporter: kiet do, kpix 5. >> fire victims can apply to for federal disaster aid and betty yus the that story. -- betty yu has that story. >> reporter: one weeks after the fires broke out, the fema center brings together agencies in an effort to help people rebuild their lives and move forward. >> ready to go home but there is no home to go home to. >> reporter: people can apply
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for money from fema. and the fema money is available for a variety of things. temporary housing, rental assistance, home repairs, transportation, medical and funeral expenses. >> this is a one stop shop for the beginning of a long recovery process. >> there is so much information in there for canceling utilities, rebuilding, dmv. insurance information. property taxes. anything you could need. >> reporter: the best way to aplay for benefits is through disaster assistance.gov. to get benefits one person in the household must be a u.s. citizen. betty yu, kpix 5. >> thank you. up next, an update on north bay schools that will be back in session tomorrow and a north bay native serving up world
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class meals to fire victims. >> and parents welcomes a baby home, how a chance encounter led to a special gift. >> there is no fema out here. there is just human kindness. >> plus the evacuees using one popular coastal area to escape the flames and the smoke.
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beating back flames and help is still coming. a dozen fire engines from utah started their 700-mile journey to california. in total 17 states sent crews to help with the fires. we caught up with firefighters in oregon, they got to sonoma county wednesday night after a 16 hour drive. >> we have never been to california to fight a wildfire before. we are happy to come down and help out. >> firefighters from australia have also come to help contain the wildfires. all marin county schools plan to reopen tomorrow but santa rosa junior college will remain closed for another week. that includes the santa rosa and petaluma campuses with the shon farm. they have 200 students and employees who lost their homes in the fires and hundreds are still evacuated. tonight a santa rosa couple who lost their home in the fire had a baby days later.
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ben was working at the kaiser in santa rosa when he was forced to evacuate. they were set to deliver any day. they headed to the kaiser in roseville instead but everything they bought for their baby went up in flames and another mother had a mistake. >> they thought they were having a girl but they ended up having a boy. the mom asked is there anyone that could use this baby girl stuff. >> the couple donated all the baby items to the fire victims. they thanked the couple a few days later. tonight members members of one napa church know what it is like when a natural disaster hits. the church was damaged in the
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napa earthquake. >> a lot of work will need to be done. throughout napa the rebuilding and the work that we had it go through to recover from the earthquake could be good modern for how people can -- modern for how people can recover. >> they say the important thing is that still alive and they have plenty of community support. guyguy fieri is making sure fire victims and firefighters have good food. he and his wife had to evacuate sunday night. he said soon after he realized he needed to do something to help. >> what we are giving people a chance to have is a break, a break from worrying and the heart ache. all these volunteers created the opportunity for all the people to have a break. >> he is also teaming up with operation barbecue relief to provide comfort food to
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disaster victims. fire evacuees are spending the night at boobinga bay, 70 miles north of san francisco. kpix 5's betty yu shows us it has become a refuge for hundreds of firefighters. >> reporter: bodega bay may be a small town of 1100 people but the generosity has t has shown has been enormous. >> right here, it is incredible. i can't believe it. there are so many people helping everybody. >> reporter: she escaped the fire in her rv with others with less. a week later many are still camped out on the beach. >> it was cold. some people were just sleeping on the ground, in their vehicles. everybody was coming here. >> reporter: that is when she realized she had to do something. since monday she opened up her
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restaurant and served free meals and she is on the board of the community emergency response team which helped build this evacuee center. >> there is no fema out here. there is just human kindness. >> reporter: businesses and the community hall and volunteers showed up in the hours after the first flames to do what they could. even fire victims. >> we come here to get necessities but we also come here to help. my husband and i come the last couple days to donate and help sort. >> i am very, very, very proud of the people that live here. i am. >> reporter: betty yu, kpix 5. all right. good news in the weather department. the numbers towards the bay bridge tonight, it is unusually warm in san francisco. weird. san francisco has the hot spot.
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68 degrees. elsewhere the winds have calmed down over the bay area, 6 miles per hour. many locations reporting calm winds. the big headline is it looks like everything is coming together for rain returning to the bay area on thursday. boy, is that good news. here is what's happening. it will be warm tomorrow and tuesday. high pressure builds in over the west coast but then everything shifts to the east. low pressure over the west coast and rain will spread south on thursday. how much? a quarter to half inch bay wide. spreading north to south during the day. the recipe for accidents on the road, just add water. the first rain of the season means special commute troubles. if it shapes up on thursday. skies cleared out. winds took the smoke up and out to the ocean. that is why most of the bay area saturday and sunday had pretty good visibility. we still have a spare the air
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day tomorrow. everybody is wondering how it started, it started exactly a week ago to the hour at this hour and what was it? nobody knows yet. 99% of wildfires in sonoma county were started in someway way by humans. arson, power lines, something like that will probably be the cause. warm again tomorrow. cooling on tuesday. chance of rain develops on thursday. that is fantastic news. and sunny and mild next weekend. high temperatures, 81 degrees in san francisco. thingscontinue warm tomorrow. concord above average. san jose 87. oakland 84 degrees. 13 degrees observe average. it will be warm -- above average. it will be warm tomorrow. temperatures in the south bay mid-80s. campbell 89 degrees. east bay, sky conditions improve, visibility improve.
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danville 89 degrees. 90 degrees tomorrow in the north bay. santa rosa warm. 90 degrees. the temperature -- the winds will be down. and ukiah 90 degrees as well and they had plenty of troubles in mendocino county with fires. in the extended forecast, looking for numbers to be warm tomorrow. cool tomorrow. wednesday 80 degrees and then increasing clouds leading to a chance of incoming into the bay area on thursday. numbers dive in to the low 70s and next weekend the sun will come out. things are looking good in more ways than one. up next, it wasn't just in wine country today. details on the blazes that broke out in other fire prone locations of the bay area. and a show done over a california senate seat. >> i am dennis o'donnell, coming up next on game day the
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. in a matter of seconds too. top of the hill, it came right
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now. in a matter of minutes. it was down -- right here. >> people across the bay area are on edge when it comes to fires. this broke out in novato this afternoon. west of highway 101. it forced short evacuations. neighbors had to guard their properties with garden hoses. so far there is no word on the cause of the fire. a grass fire did do damage to two homes in the east san jose hills today. flames broke out at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. firefighters spraid water on the roofs as the flames started hitting the homes. everybody got out safe. >> just started going more up the hill. even though the fire truck was doing a good job it seems like it took them a long time to get the fire under control. >> never ends. investigators are looking in to whether power lines started that fire. tonight crews are at the
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scene of a fi ithe oakland hills. a car caught fire at 4:00 a.m. this morning. it sent flames up a hillside near the oakland zoo. they hope to have it contained by morning. up next, colin kaepernick firing back at the nfl. his latest legal action against the league and the support he is getting from other players. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he? yup. (butch barks at man) butch is like an old soul that just hates my guts. (laughs) (vo) you can never have too many faithful companions. introducing the all-new crosstrek. love is out there. find it in a subaru crosstrek.
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football. colin kaepernick filed a former grievance saying nfl owners are colluding to keep him out of football. a lawyer said he made the move after seeking every possible avenue with all nfl teams. he drew attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. became a free agent in march. the players uniwill support his -- union will support his effort. harvey weinstein has been ousted from the motion picture academy. the governing board held a meeting yesterday and voted to revoke his life time membership. this is the first time in the 90 year history that someone has been kicked out because of sexual assault claims. dozens of women have come forward. harvey weinstein says any
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sexual relationships were consensual. senator dianne feinstein faces a challenge from within her own party. kevin de leon says he is running. the los angeles democrat says he will highlight his record on climate change and immigration among other issues. his e-mail announcement today did not mention dianne feinstein by name. she held it seat since 1993 and she is the top democrat on the senate judiciary committee. we will be right back.
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