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anyway the problem here is the fire occasionally makes a run down the steep edge of the hill and jumps the containment lines. >> the helicopters did pretty good on holding out in there. the crews cut around it, but there's still one more corner section that looks really difficult to hold. i'm hopeful that we'll get enough of the aircraft support on it today that we can keep that section cooled down, finish building the line and making the line strong. >> reporter: cal fire believes they are making progress. they expect that the flames will continue to march down into the valley, but they believe right now that the containment lines that they have dug will protect the area. so bottom line right now as folks here just north of napa stretching into st. helena begin to see fires appear and then disappear as they're smoked out by those helicopters, bottom line by cal fire is that they expect those flare-ups to continue, but they want that fire to come down a little bit down into the valley, hit those containment lines so that they can attack the fire where cal fire wants
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to attack them and not have to go into those steep stretches and fight them up on terms that are much more dangerous. reporting live, i'm joe vazquez, kpix5. >> thank you, joe. firefighters are gaining ground on almost every other front. the massive atlas fire is now 68% contained. the tubbs fire is 70% surrounded. in spite of that flare-up the nuns fire is 50% contained. it may still merge with the aggressive oakmont fire close by. the pocket fire is at 40% containment and the redwood valley fire is 50% contained. also today more people allowed back home. evacuations were lifted for parts of sonoma county including bennett valley road, kenwood, glen ellen, boyes hot springs and areas around the city of sonoma, but it's a slow process to get people back into their homes. cal fire has to give the green light on the reopenings and of local officials are asking the
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public to be patient. 40-thous covered by evacu >> here's the thing. if your house is burned in a burned area, days or weeks before you can get back in. so please be patient. >> those homes that have power that have utilities that are not damaged are the ones that we're going to prioritize first. >> across the north bay at least 40,000 people are still covered by evacuation orders. well, in the meantime the grim search for the missing continues. the number of dead in all these fires is 41. d right now there are 88 people still reported missing in sonoma county, about 5700 homes and businesses burned. the fires have blackened more than 200,000 acres. that is more than 300 square miles. the sonoma county sheriff's office released the names of 14 of the 22 people confirmed dead in these fires. nine people were from santa rosa, one woman vacations in santa rosa, two were from larkfield, one from calistoga. those who have not been named may not have been positively
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identified yet or their next of kin have not been notified. kpix5 reporter kiet do went to santa rosa today where crew working to find those who are still missing. >> reporter: the work is as grim as it is treacherous. rd out to friends and family that they're ok. combing through ashes looking for any signs of missing loved ones, the flames often leave behind only the tiniest clues that are easy to miss. >> very small piece of bones, maybe a vertebra or maybe a 3- inch piece of a long bone, but very little is being left behind due to the heat. >> reporter: today the sonoma county search and rescue team are looking for a woman in her 60s. after scouring all the local shelters and hospitals, their investigation has led them here to the homer lane apartments where they think she may have died in her home. it's meticulous specialized work as the crew digs through the debris on their hands and knees. >> we're starting with the high probability areas within the
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home, bedrooms, bathrooms, entryways, vehicles that may still be in the garage. >> reporter: but the cadaver dogs didn't find anything and a neighbor said he banged on the woman's door and got her out, so relatively speaking, it's a bit of good news. the woman may be alive somewhere. if you got evacuated, the sheriff's office said don't keep quiet. >> please make yourself known. make yourself visible. get noticed by your friends and family and if you are on our missing persons list, we can cross you off and be able to move on to the next case. >> reporter: how are you still alive? >> i had a guardian a gel. >> reporter: wayne sims -- angel. >> reporter: wayne sims stayed behind and helped cal fire crews save his home and half a dozen of his neighbors' homes. wayne has been watching the search for the missing from his front yard. >> i really feel bad for everybody around me. i was absolutely lucky what i have still standing here, but i couldn't have done it without cal fire. those guys are the real heroes. >> reporter: the race says on
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to get through the list of missing people before the forecasted rains come the end of the week and make conditions out here more wet and miserable than they already are. in santa rosa, kiet do, kpix5. >> now the sonoma county sheriff's office is asking people to consider using social media to get the word out to friends and family that they are okay. is a dange e driver we are reminded again today that battling these fires is a dangerous job. the driver of a water tender was killed when his truck veered off the road. kpix5's jessica flores has details. >> reporter: day eight of the wine country fires and tragedy strikes on the front lines, a contractor assigned to drive a water tender died when his tanker rolled over. according to cal fire, he was heading down the steep oakville grade helping fight the nuns fire. >> this says a very, very steep road. oakville grade is known always one of the steepest roads in napa county. i have no confirmation as to exactly what the cause of his driving off the road was.
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>> reporter: investigators will be looking at all possible causes including fatigue. >> everyone is getting tired. there has been no break for these firefighters since the fires erupted last sunday evening. and so yes, people are getting tired and that is a factor that we are aware of. >> reporter: cal fire says this is the first death among the hundreds of firefighters and contractors working the wine country fires. in napa, i'm jessica flores, kpix5. unpredictable and unhealthy air quality continues to be a problem in the north bay. today that smoke was not as thick in san francisco or the south bay. our chief meteorologist paul deanno has an update on air quality and potential for some welcome rain. >> won't that rain be nice? it will get here later this week, not a tremendous amount, but it will help. this will help as well. the winds beginning to change make our air quality a little better tomorrow. air quality not good still in the north bay, santa rosa and napa. otherwise yellow dots are
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moderate and good air quality currently reported in both san rafael and vallejo. tomorrow moderate air quality at worst much of the east bay and south bay in the santa clara valley spent in the good range. closest to the fires we'll have unhealthy air quality there. futurecast to thursday, about 72 hours from now a front approaches from the north. we will see light rainfall from mendocino, lake, sonoma, napa and marin county by thursday evening. the onshore flow returns tomorrow giving us higher humidity levels and temperatures will cool all week long and that will help and light rain is likely to arrive thursday evening. details when happens after the -- what happens after the rain moves through in my full forecast in a few minutes. now to a question so many are asking. why didn't the city of santa rosa or sonoma county put out a map to warn people about the fires? kpix5's susie steimle went to
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the person in charge. >> reporter: the sonoma county sheriff has been encouraging people from the beginning to sign up for alerts or sonoma county alerts, both found on their website, and they sort of work like a text message. you'll just get information about where emergencies are taking place and where evacuations are taking place and everyone that signed up says they're working really well. the problem is more than 200,000 people didn't sign up and aren't getting emergency information. >> i think a lot of lives could have been saved if they were given the information. >> reporter: stuart mitchell is one of hundreds of thousands of people living in northern california who did not receive an emergency alert that wildfires were fast approaching last week. he tried to sign up but found the process confusing. >> it's a public health and safety issue. so it should be easier for people to do. >> reporter: sonoma, lake and
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mendocino counties received federal permission to use the alert systems. you receive an alert to evacuate. lake county used the system. sonoma and mendocino did not. you think this was the right call? >> i do. >> reporter: sonoma county sheriff's office rob giordano said sending out emergency alerts to the entire city of santa rosa would have incited panic. >> this county is heavily populated in that 101 corridor and had we had people coming from all directions into that corridor, i'm concerned we would have had more deaths with people in their cars trying to get out. >> reporter: 40 people died in the wildfire so far. lake county was the only county to issue emergency alerts. they had zero deaths. if there ever was a time for panic, isn't it during a wildfire? >> yeah, but panic is what gets people killed if you panic everybody who comes out on the road. >> i think it needs a lot of improvement. i hate to point fingers.
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>> reporter: the sheriff did say they will review at the end this much to see if any improvements can be made to the emergency alert system, but as you heard, they stand by the decision not to send out a mass message. live in santa rosa, susie steimle, kpix5. former 49er colin kaepernick takes on the nfl. >> coming up his new fight against the league and top owners and president trump weighs in -- team owners and president trump weighs in from the rose garden. >> plus incredible new video, the rush to get patients out of the hospital in danger of going up in flames. >> the cartoon that's making the rounds online and howl the tragedy has impacted the family of the man who created charlie brown and snoopy. an icon of the american west is now under federal siege. >> they not only lose their family and freedom, but they might be slaughtered in the future. >> we learned proposed cuts could mean euthanizing thousands of healthy horses.
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>> the largest opponent on the other side is the ranching unit. >> when there's so many of them they're destroying their own habitat, they're not pretty anymore. >> expect original reporting from kpix5 news. expect more.
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our collaboration with pg&e is centered around public safety. without pg&e's assistance, without their training we could not do our mission to keep our community safe. anytime we are responding to a structure fire, one of the first calls you make is for pg&e for gas and electric safety. it's my job to make sure that they have the training that they need to make the scene safe for themselves and for the public. it's hands-on training actually turning valves, turning systems off, looking at different wire systems all that training is crucial to keeping our community safe and our firefighters safe. together, we're building a better california. >> closed captioning for this newscast is sponsored by living spaces. against the n-f-l. th anthem new at 5:00 former 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick is taking legal action against the nfl. this is in the wake of his
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anthem protest last season. kpix5's len ramirez with who he's blaming for not having a job. len? >> reporter: liz, we're back here at levi's stadium where this all got started last year. hardly anyone noticed when kaepernick first took a seat during the playing of the national anthem, but now this has gone worldwide. kaepernick said the protests cost him his job as an nfl quarterback. so he filed a grievance against the nfl. colin kaepernick's grievance accuses nfl owners of collusion, that is, secretly conspiring not to sign him because of his protests of racial injustice during the national anthem. it's what kaepernick supporters have been saying for months. >> they feel that he's too controversial, he's too much of a hot potato because he stood up and they don't want their fans to be alienated. >> reporter: kaepernick hired high profile los angeles attorney mark geragos to represent him who tweeted
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today, "principalled and peaceful protest which the owners themselves made great theater weeks ago should not be pushed and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation based on the executive branch of our government. this threatens all americans and hearkens back to our darkest days as a nation." at the white house president trump said the nfl should discipline all players who took a knee during the national anthem. >> you're disrespecting our flag and you're disrespecting our country and the nfl should have suspended some of these players for one game, not fire them, suspended them for one game and then if they did it again, it could have been two games and three games and then for the season. you wouldn't have people disrespecting our country right now. >> reporter: but the anthem protests are only spreading now overseas. this entire soccer team kneeled during the german national anthem sunday saying it was a sign of solidarity with american athletes protesting
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racism in the united states. now this grievance is expected to go through the normal processes usually behind closed doors. there will be mediation, potentially arbitration in which a third party, a neutral party, would sit in and hear colin kaepernick's torns as well as the nfl's and make -- attorneys as well as the nfl's and make some sort of decision down the road. for kaepernick the stakes are very high because he hasn't been working and he could be given his job back or back wages as an nfl quarterback. back to the wine country fires here, pg&e says nearly everyone who lost power during the fires should have it restored by tonight. at last check a total of 22,000 are without power in the north bay including 16,600 in the sonoma area and 4,100 without power in and around napa. there are still 17,000 homes without gas service. meanwhile pg&e stock continues
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to slide. it fell another 7% today. it's down more than 15 points since the fires broke out over a week ago. as the price drops, concern grows that the utility could be found liable for the fires getting started. we have new video of the evacuation at sutter hospital in santa rosa. this is a time lapse. you can see hospital workers ushering patients to safety with flames from the tubbs fire raging in the distance. many of these patients were taken to santa rosa memorial hospital. the staff there has been dealing with all kinds of emergencies from fire victims to birth. burn victims. doctors and administrators talked about the early hours as their emergency room was flooded with injuries and burn victims. some of the staff dealing with emergencies of their own as the fires have been contained. doctors have been dealing with another medical issue. say they actually expected to see >> we've seen around 400 respiratory cases of differing severity. you know, there is a baseline
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number that we normally see in in community, but -- in this community, but we think about 400 additional due to the poor air quality and direct smoke inhalation. >> the doctors say they actually expected to see more urgent cases, but they credit police and firefighters for quickly getting people out of the path of the flames. these are some of the new faces hospital crews saw during the chaos of the fires. 36 babies were born at santa rosa memorial this week. that's three times its normal delivery rate. 14 were born at petaluma valley hospital, four times its normal rate. at seoul kaiser which was vac -- santa rosa kaiser which was evacuated a week ago the pharmacy is back open but no time yet for the full-time hospital to reopen. even with the active flames still burning nearby some wineries are trying to get back to business. one of them is annabelle estate
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winery. the owner watched fires burning on both sides of his property. he and his family left early when fire moved in on both sides of the house. he returned the next day and stayed even after law enforcement urged him to leave. >> the first few days the fire was coming from that side coming strong and then the wind changed. then we had the fire up in these hills and then a couple nights ago it came down the mountain. they were 200-foot flames. the whole mountain looked like it was on fire and i thought for sure we were losing this place. >> they didn't. the winery's well known rose garden and wedding venue were also saved by firefighters, but with the helicopters making the water drops directly behind the owner's home today looks like that property is not yet out of harm's way. at an unannounced press conference today president trump talked about his administration's response to the wine country wildfires. >> we have fema there. we have military there. we have first responders there. it's a tragic situation, but we're working very closely with
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the representatives from calf and we're doing a good job -- from california and we're doing a good job. >> the president said he's been in contact with governor brown. earlier today he called the devastation and loss of life from the fires a sad thing to watch. fire victims from six counties can now apply for federal financial assistance. individuals and businesses in butte, lake, napa, mendocino, sonoma and yuba counties can get income and property tax relief through fema. fema money is also available for a variety of other needs, such as temporary housing, rental assistance, home repairs, transportation and medical and even funeral expenses. now fema says the best way to apply for benefits is through the website disasterassistance.gov. you can also call the number on your screen there, 800-621- 3362. the home of the late charles schulz burned to the ground in the fire. he was the creator of the peanuts characters. a fan tweeted out this cartoon of charlie brown and snoopy
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looking sadly at the remains of a burned home. this is what schulz's home looks like now, just a fireplace surrounded by rubble, but there was one bright spotted, a picture of snoopy snorkeling on the wall of the swimming pool. schulz 's widow was living there at the time of the fire and escaped the flames. she lived there 26 years. fire experts say what happened in santa rosa could happen all around the bay area. we take a closer look at the urban areas at risk.
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for dinner this many days in a row. mexico, hawaii, costa rica, i don't really know. i'm a quick packer. ♪ it was a warm day throughout the bay area today, one final day with our offshore northeast wind, warmed san francisco up to 82 degrees. you are as warm as livermore right now, both places currently 82, 85 in concord, 87
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in santa rosa, close to that firefight, oakland the cool spot but warmer than average with a current temperature of 79 degrees. we will cool off tonight to the 50s, fremont, livermore, mountain view mid-50s, low 50s vallejo, san rafael, the air quality once again getting better. it's not great or where it should be, but it's so much better than just a few days ago with the exception of the north bay. we will have moderate air quality tomorrow which is not a spare the air day. so that is some good news there. we're seeing an improvement in the air quality. we had a big change in the weather just to our north. i would love to tell you that what's going on up here that will be several inches of rainfall will make it down to northern california. it's not time yet. they get it first. then it begins to sag to the south typically through late november through our wintertime, but this ridge of high pressure that brought out that offshore wind will leave tomorrow and the flow from the ocean will return tomorrow and relative humidity will respond giving firefighters a little bit news, no rain yet but
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higher humidity and some cloud cover coming through. futurecast says tomorrow morning south bay working its way north, some clouds from the north. it will be filtered sunshine we'll call it or partly sunny. rain will stay away. we will see a little bit of rainfall on thursday. in isn't that promise thing. it's only one computer model. we get new data every six hours. the latest computer model data says not that much rain, less than 0.2-inch for santa rosa. last friday i was probably overly optimistic, so somewhere between 0.1-inch to hurt inch in the north bay. that will help a ton. there is a chance of showers or light rainfall late thursday, soaking rain not yet. we warm up approaching the weekend. highs tomorrow not as warm, concord and san jose 78, napa 75 and san francisco from 82 down to 67 degrees. cooler wednesday and thursday,
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light rain thursday night. in the wake of that front only the 60s for highs on friday, but we will rebound well into the 80s with sunshine by sunday. that is your forecast. we'll be right back. if you are in your home or business and you smell gas, your first step is to get out, travel to a safe distance until you can't smell the gas anymore and then call 911. the first responders will come out and they'll make it safe for you and your community.
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if youdon't touch it,downed keep everyone back. call 911 immediately. the fire department will respond with law enforcement and pg&e to figure out what the issue is to keep you safe and there are no hazards to the public. ♪ flock of goats to bring with them. but their dog odin.. wouldn't abandon a look: days la a santa rosa family forced to flee had no time to round up their flock of goats to bring with them, but their dog odin would not abandon his flock. take a look at this. days later they returned to find a weakened odin still
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keeping watch over his eight goats. hey, in the midst of firede life at safari west. the wildlife preserve was threatened by the tubbs fire. so fittingly this newborn aquatic antelope is named tubbs. we're told staff members actually fought some of the fires themselves as they tended the animals. repairs are already underway. they hope to reopen to guests as soon as possible. cbs evening news is up next. >> anthony mason is here with a preview. >> reporter: up next the president reacts to a bombshell 60 minutes report on the opioid crisis and it may cost his drug czar nominee that job. >> and the social media campaign targeting sexual assault coming up in just a few seconds on the cbs evening news. wild santa rosa. >> thank you for watching tonight at 5:00. >> ahead at 6:00 learning the lesson from the wildfire disaster in santa rosa, a fire expert weighs in. veronica joins me in 30 minutes. we'll see you then!
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