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tv   KRON 4 News at 8  KRON  October 9, 2017 8:00pm-9:00pm PDT

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(pam) an out of control firestorm still burning tonight in the north bay ... utter destruction as homes are reduced to ash. and at least ten people are killed ... as more than a dozen wildfires rage tonight.
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(pam) thank you for joining us tonight i'm pam moore.(steve) and i'm steve aveson. here is what we know right now a curfew in place in santa rosa--- for the mandatory evacuation zones. it will stay place until sunrise tomorrow here is where we stand tonight. more than 70 thousand acres have burned in at least 12 active fires destroying at least 15-hundred structures...but that number could rise. there have been 10 deaths. seven in sonoma county. two in napa county. and one in mendocino county at this point there are no reported containment numbers on these fires. (pam) now many viewers have asked us to show where the fire is now .. but that is not clear at this hour. fire officials say, right now their priority is saving lives.... not necessarily knocking down the fire itself. (steve) that has some evacuees frustrated as we do not know the full extent of the damage yet.(pam) but kron-4 has been visiting many hard hit communities today. tonight kron-4's justine
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waldman begins our coverage. she is live in santa rosa tonight... justine - you spoke with someone who lost their house.. it is an erie and sad sight to see.even through grey smoke still thick in the air you can see the destruction. the devastation in coffey park is beyond comprehension. most of the development is gone.homes are smoldering.cars are burnt and melted.all that is left standing are stone chimneys.kent craigie escaped the fire with his family.. nothing else.his home of 21 years is now burnt to the ground. sot it happened so fast the embers raining down we had time to just run away with nothingnats water on house a group of men tried to stop a fire from spreading, by spraying water on it.even turning a hose on the house still standing next door - trying to save it.sot i know
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a family lives here with kids and stopping someone from losing their stuff is kinda an important thingnats meowa rescued cat with its sniged whiskers, looked desperate to be reunited with her owner.but not all pets could make it out alivesot i could hear dogs howling crying and dying it was apocalypticcoffey park a shell of what it once was a family filled neighborhood now destroyedsot it just devastation it is sad my house is ok all of my neighbors aren't i just don't know where to go from here (pam) staying in santa rosa. one of the hardest hit areas is the coffey park development. look at this ... it is a side by side comparison of the area on the left is a google earth image of what the area looked like before the fire... and on the right a c-h-p helicopter image today following the massive fire... the devastation (pam) staying in santa rosa.
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one of the hardest hit areas is the coffey park development. look at this ... it is a side by side comparison of the area on the left is a google earth image of what the area looked like before the fire... and on the right a c-h-p helicopter image today following the massive fire...
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(steve) kron-4's j-r stone saw the devastation close up and talked with some neighbors who have lost everything. (steve) napa county also hit hard by this hit hard by county also napa (steve) everything. have lost neighbors who some talked with close up and talked with some neighbors who have lost everything.
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(steve) napa county also hit hard by this devastating fire. kron4-'s rob fladeboe is live in american canyon tonight..and rob you got to see the destruction close up (rob) i'm here in napa. (steve) we have much more ahead
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... in two minutes a live
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report from santa rosa. we will be right back
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our coverage of the north bay ficontinues ... as we've been telling you much of santa rosa was devastated. many neighborhoods completely wiped out.(steve) kron-4's dan kerman visited one of those neighborhoods and joins us live --- dan (dan) that's right i'm here in
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sot steve dittmer/house burned down 00-10this is what is left of steve dittmer's home. nothing it along with all the other homes on crestview drive went up in flames sometime after 130 in the morningsotthe intensity of the fire and the smoke and the winds made grabbing anything impossiblesot odin mena, jr. / house burned downmonday afternoon residents started returning to see if there was anything salvagable there wasn'tsothopper avenue also saw devastation.. but amidst the devastation a ray of hope sot john storck/home saved while many homes on kerry lane went up in flames firefighters were able to take stand at kerry and crimson and as a result these homes remain standing. sot 125/weren't for them (pam) (pam) a north bay
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firestorm takes a deadly and destructive toll...(steve) at least ten people are dead. 15-hundred structures burned.and both those numbers could climb.(pam) matt mendes is live tonight in santa rosa at one of the cal- fire command post matt? (steve) there are evacuation
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centers set up throughout the fire area. kron 4's vicki liviakis is live in the newsroom with the update list. (vicki) yeah steve... so many people told to leave their homes and go to safety. some are already at capacity for the night. we've got a list of those that are still taking people in. here are some of them... the center is open at the calistoga fairgrounds in calistoga. the sonoma county fairgrounds in santa rosa. the petaluma community center. neighbors are being asked to go to the santa rosa veterans memorial hall. sonoma valley high school is open as an evacuation center
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evacuees are being asked to go to the napa valley college gym. two evacuation centers are open in the city of sebastopol ... one at the sebastopol community cultural center and another at analy high school. and the cloverdale citrus fairgrounds is open as a center as well. in fairfield, there is an evacuation center open at the solano community college parking lot ... elsie allen high school in santa rosa opened its doors. people with small pets can take them to the napa county animal shelter in napa. there is also a shelter open at hessel church in sebastopol. shelters have opened up at cook middle school in santa rosa. the healdsburg community center in healdsburg is open as an evacuation center as well. there are many more shelters... to see the complete list head to our website at kron4.com steve, pam back to you. (pam) the following school districts will be closed again on tomorrow due to the fires
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in napa and sonoma counties: howell mountain elementary school district, napa valley unified school district, pope valley union elementary school district and st. helena unified school district. in addition napa valley college, and the offices and programs of the napa county office of education, will also be closed tomorrow. and all classes at sonoma state university have been suspended for tuesday... families and staff are advised to follow public health advice regarding smoke and air quality, and to stay safe. at this time calistoga joint unified school district has not announced district has unified school calistoga joint unified school district has not announced plans for tomorrow. (steve) people in the north bay have been without power all day... right now
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99-thousand customers remain without power tonight and the majority of them are in sonoma and napa counties. as a precaution p-g-&-e has turned off gas service to approximately 26-thousand customers in santa rosa, yountville, and kenwood. additionally, another four- thousand customers in the willits to calpella area had their gas lines shut off as well. once p-g-and -e receives to go -ahead from cal-fire, pg&e will turn the power back on.... crews want to remind people in the area to not touch any downed wires or lines... (steve) kron-4's chief meteorologist brittney shipp is here now.(pam) and brittney we know high winds played a role in how fast these fires spread... is that expected to ease up tonight?
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( steve ) southern california has its 'own' wildfire problems tonight... including a wind- fueled fire in orange county that has destroyed homes....(pam) the 'canyon' fire also spread quickly today.. catherine heenan is here with the latest......
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(catherine) like the wine country fires - the 'canyon' fire blew up because of strong winds....and there have been also thousands of evacuations. we watched large, expensive homes being destroyed by flames...at least 6 of them are gone. more homes are still threatened. t-v cameras showed homes burning in a hilly area known as anaheim hills... evacuations included homes, 2 schools, and the c-h-p shut down parts of the 91and 241 freeways. the fire has grown to 5-thousand acres. authorities are more specifically calling this 'canyon fire 2' -- acknowledging a hugefire in the same area last month. this one also has them worried.. it's not clear yet what started the canyon fire...which has led to more than a thousand evacuations. it's only about 5 percent contained. steve and pam? (pam) toss to break
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(pam) breaking news tonight. the north bay deadly firestorm burning out of control. the raging fires reducing homes to rubble. and forcing thousands from their beds in the middle of the night.(pam) these wildfires exploding overnight--- and causing devastation on bay area communities.(steve) some people have lost everything.. others do not know if their home is still standing or not.(steve) here is where we stand tonight. at least ten people are dead in this firestorm. most of those deaths right now in sonoma county with seven there two others have died in napa county. and one death in mendocino county. more than 70-thousand acres have burned the wind-driven wildfires have forced thousands to flee their homes. it has also shut down schools today. some schools are saying they will be closed tomorrow as well at least 15-hundred
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structures are destroyed...but that number is expected to rise. (pam) joining us live on the phone is whitney kennett... where her parents house is in the sonoma... (steve) whitney can you see flames where you are?
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((2shot))((pam)) as we mentioned... a sunrise to sunset curfew is in place for the city of santa rosa. police will be out in force tonight looking for looters.((steve))the acting police chief says right now...evacuating residents from the danger zone is top priority. (steve) joining us now is chief joining us (steve) top priority.danger zone is from the g residents from the danger zone is top priority.
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(steve) joining us now is chief meteorologist brittney shipp...(pam) she has been
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tracking the wind speeds and the warm temperatures that have been fueling the wildfires... brittney?
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without pg&e's assistance, without their training our collaboration with pg&e is centered around public safety. 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
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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. (steve) a number of homes and businesses have been severely damaged or destroyed in the fire... here in this video you can see a mexican restaurant just gone ... destroyed... and some pieces of the restaurant still in flames... we talked to some of the people in the area who describe what happened... as the fire broke out...
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have been hearing harrowing stories of people fleeing their homes with little warning.((pam))many don't know if they will have a home to return to.kron 4's hermela aregawi spoke with evacuees in napa. i'm at first and hagen road in napa where smoke has filled the sky and a lot of people are having to evacuate from their homes, many of them back down there on vichy road. police are not letting cars down hagen here but they are allowing residents to walk back down hagen and vichy to gather last minute belongings and check on their homes. we spoke to people that live here that say the fire was within 500 feet of their homes and others who say they are afraid they won't have anything to come back to. sot karen dalen/evacuee as you can see the smoke still going strong,
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the roads remain packed as people anxiously trey to figure out whether to stay home or evacuate. reporting in napa hermela aregawi kron 4 news (pam) hundreds of residents have lost everything... more than 15- hundred structures have been destroyed. that number is expected to climb once officials have a chance to fully evaluate the large fire zone... (steve) victims are looking for answers... they are frusturated and still in shock by the disaster the firestorm has caused.
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(steve) police have a curfew in
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place until sunrise... it started at 6:45 p-m tonight. they are looking out for looters... that might be rooming the that might be rooming the streets breaking into homes. they say if find anyone breaking in the will be arrested. (steve) we know one of the hardest hit neighborhoods is coffey park in santa rosa. (pam) kron-4's j-r stone talked to a resident there who says , his house made it ... but many of his neighbors homes were destroyed. (steve) again that resident is
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in coffey park...a neighborhood hit hard by this deadly firestorm (pam) now i'm here with
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brittney shipp who is tracking the weather conditions as these fires burn into the these fires conditions as these fires burn into the night. hopefully the wind will not whip up again tonight again tonight
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taking donations of water and snacks... they are asking people to donate bottled waters... gatorade... energy drinks...granola bars... and officers will deliver it to the fire areas... you can drop off donations at the pittsburg police department's front lobby on civic avenue in pittsburg. (pam) continuing our breaking news coverage of the massive north bay wildfires... some local fast food restaurants have been helping evacuees... one of the employee's at a carl's jr. in santa rosa says, tons of evacuees have been showing up to the restaurant since early in the morning... she tells us, that after her overnight shift ended, she had to come back and do something to help all these people in the time of need...
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(pam) now at nine... our top story tonight... a massive out of control firestorm... is ástill burning tonight in the north bay ...(steve) utter destruction as homes are reduced to ash. and at least ten people are killed ... as more than a dozen wildfires rage tonight.(pam) thank you for joining us tonight i'm pam moore.(steve) and i'm steve aveson. here is what we know right now a curfew in place in santa rosa--- for the mandatory evacuation zones and it will stay in place until sunrise tomorrow... here is what we know right now.... more than 70 thousand acres have burned in at least 12 active fires destroying at least 15-hundred structures...but that number could rise. there have been 10 deaths. seven in sonoma county. two in
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napa county. and one in mendocino county at this point there are no reported containment numbers on these fires. (pam) santa rosa is one of the communities affected most by these wildfires. homes burned to the homes burned to the ground by the block...(steve) kron-4's j-r stone saw the devastation close up at the coffee park developmentand talked with some neighbors who have lost everything. (jrs)

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