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from across the country are in arizona battling a massive wildfire that is still burning out of control. the so-called wallow fire is considered the state's third largest ever. this the last week it scorched 285 square miles near the new mexico border. it can be seen as far as away as 150 miles away in southern california. the fire, combined with hot temperatures, is changing the weather conditions in that region. >> the air the last few days has been in excess of 30,000 feet. when you have something that large with that much heat it kind of generates its own weather. >> fire crews have seen this fire is contained zero percent. three more people died from a tornado two weeks ago in job lynn, missouri. the may 22nd twister classified
as ef-5. many tornado survivors will be at the missouri southern state university tonight for a town hall meeting where authorities want to update the crowd on the debris removal process. well, we had a break from summer over the weekend. lovely friday, saturday, and sunday. but summer is not very happy with it. it's coming back with a vengeance. >> welcome back to you, tom. >> is thank you. good to be back. we'll get a couple days of pleasant humidity. by the week it's going to be getting uncomfortably hot and humid. enjoy the break from the high humidity as we can. good morning. as we get back to work and school on this monday morning, off to a pleasant start. mostly clear sky now. a little bit of patchy fog in the rural areas. temperatures in the low to mid-6 0s. right now 68, reagan national. low 60s in prince george's, arlington, fairfax. near the bay, upper 60s. much of west virginia in the 50s. overnight we had a few passing
showers over the eastern shore. those have now dissipated. weak high pressure moving over the region will give us plenty of sunshine. there's a live picture from the city camera showing a mostly clear sky over the washington monument. our sunrise at 5:43. sunny morning by 9:00. we should be in the mid-70s. and then by noon time ought to make it up to 80. a few clouds popping up. peaking in the mid-80s but still not very humid, which is good news. a beautiful late spring, early summer-like day here fort 6th day of june. a look at tonight, night planner, at 4:41. let's check traffic on this monday morning. good morning, jerry. how is it looking? >> tom, good morning to you. good morning, everyone. most overnight road work in the process of being cleared. haymarket to manassas doing okay. overnight road work should be picked up. all the travel lanes should be opened momentarily.
westbound, construction too but the volume pretty light so no big deal there. east of woodrow wilson bridge, harbor, there's the bridge there. both directions between alexandria and oxen hill looking good. looking good through northeast. joe, eun. >> jerry, thank you. >> thanks very much, jerry. police are looking into a string of assaults along the metro branch hiking/biking trail in northeast washington. there are concerns whether police even know how to reach that trail. darcy spencer explains. >> reporter: bike, jog or even roller blade on this path in northeast d.c. and you could become victim of a crime. over the past few weeks, there have been numerous robberies. one woman was zapped with a taser as she rode her bike here. >> i'm a little shocked by it because i haven't noticed anything suspicious or out of the ordinary lately. >> reporter: we found out if you call for help, there could be a
problem. residents tell me when people have called 911 dispatchers don't know where the path is. this 1 1/2 mile stretch known as the met branch trail opened last year. >> what gives people the impression that the cops don't know where it is? >> well, some instances this year or last year when people were attacked and reporting suspicious authority, npd's unified call center was unable to identify the area where it was. >> reporter: local advisory neighborhood commissioner tim clark says sometimes it has taken 5 to 8 minutes to figure out where the trail is. those who use it say they're not surprised. >> i was surprised to see you guys here. what in the world is the news camera crew doing here? how did they find this place? it is off the beaten path. i don't know how you would describe it. >> reporter: not only is it is path off the beaten track, it's somewhat secluded in certain areas. there are plenty of hiding spots for would-be robbers to wait for
their victims. the police list serve has been bombarded with people complaining about the attacks. one woman complains of getting a broken wrist during a robbery. another victim says police told him to avoid the trail. he questions whether police want residents to, quote, give it over to the thugs. the police commander tells me this is a serious problem. he's in the process of figuring out how many crimes there have been and whether they're all connected. a community meeting on this issue is planned for later this month. in northeast washington, darcy spencer, news 4 today >> a man is in jail charged with drunk driving after a deadly accident in prince george's county. the accident on 210 in fort washington killed three people. a black gmc yukon hit a mazda. it threw two women from the car, killing them both. 55-year-old jean johnson and 55-year-old gwendolyn denvy.
the driver could face additional charges. this morning divers will be back in the water looking for a 21-year-old swimmer. he disappeared friday night. he is presumed drowned. he was swimming with two others near route 97 when the water got really deep pretty fast. he panicked and another swimmer tried to save him but could not. officials remind everyone that swimming is not allowed in the reservoir in that area. the former chief of the international monetary fund will be in court. dominic strauss-kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in new york city. he is expected to plead not guilty to rape, sexual abuse and other charges. he is on house arrest. he resigned from the imf after his arrest last month >> german officials expect to get tests back.
vegetable sprouts caused the deadly outbreak in europe. they came from an organic farm in northern germany. it has been since shut down. at least 22 deaths are blamed on the e. coli. 2,200 people have gotten sick, including four americans. those americans got sick after traveling to germany. 4:37 now. this morning three u.s. missile strikes killed at least 16 suspected militants in pakistan. the first two missiles struck minutes apart in the tribal district of south waziristan. one was a compound where a top al qaeda leader was killed in another attack three days earlier. at least four people were killed in that strike. 67 years ago today allied beaches stormed normandy, france in world war ii.
general dwight eisenhower gave the go ahead for d-day, the largest military amphibious mission in history. the operation was a success but hundreds of brave men lost their lives in the battle to free europe. it is now 4:38, 65 degrees. ahead on news 4 today, the cute little critter blamed for knocking out power to 1,000 people >> how a miracle plane caused
up to nowitski. nowitski spins. miami pulls on and takes game 3. well, the miami heat are back in control, i don't know if you can say that, of the nba finals. nowitski fell short, losing 88-86. miami leads 2-1. game 4 tomorrow night in dallas. close game. still pretty close. >> that's right. so tomorrow will be another thrill i bet you. 4:41. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. the latest on our workweek forecast. how is it looking, tom? >> looking pleasant. another day with not a lot of humidity. more sunshine throughout much of the day as well. off to a cool start.
these are the temperatures around the region. mid-60s to low 60s throughout most of the area. upper 60s in washington and near the bay. and we have the view from city camera showing a mostly clear sky over the jefferson memorial. our sunrise is 5:43. by 9:00, 70s. a few clouds developing this afternoon. by the way, we do have a little bit of fog around in the rural areas this morning. by midafternoon, we should peak in the low and mid-80s. and not very humid. just moderate humidity. tonight we will be under a mostly clear sky. temperatures upper 70s early evening. by late in the evening, down to near 70. by dawn, partly cloudy, into the low 60s. a look at the rest of the week and next weekend. that will be 4:51. jerry, good morning. how's traffic? good morning, everyone. picking up early volume. germantown, 270 southbound, good news, no accidents and overnight road work should be wrapped up.
so alasc a-okay so far. interstate 66, again, westbound as you head out of boston towards falls church you can see the construction comes still in the roadway. one left lane will get you by. northbound and southbound looking fine a monday morning. joe, eun. >> oh, thank you, jerry. >> our time 4:43. the traffic project going to the traffic project going to throw on[ horns honking ] [ whistle blows ] [ male announcer ] can the network you live on handle the computers, tvs and technology you can't live without? ♪ verizon fios can. get the power and speed of america's largest 100% fiber optic network. verizon fios. a network ahead.
night in hillcrest heights in prince george's county. wright's daughter, who would have turned-year-old was found dead nearby in her suv. wright says phillips is the father of that daughter. prosecutors are awaiting autopsy results before deciding whether to charge phillips with the baby's death. this morning police are looking for the motive behind the murder of a local football recruiter. ralph thomas of temp hills was shot and killed friday night in mckinley tech high school's parking lot in northeast washington. thomas helped recruit players for the d.c. falcons, a semi pro football team that often plays at mckinley tech. police are not saying why they believe crawford killed thomas but community liters are saying it may be over a woman. >> whatever it may be, it really wasn't worth taking a life, especially not in this fashion and the way it happened. he's a young guy. it seems like he was doing a lot of good things with the team. whatever the reason was, it's
definitely not worth it. >> thomas's mother said her son was a father of four and ex-marine. >> in decision 2012, the field of republican contenders will likely grow today. rick santorum is expected to announce he is running for president. the 52-year-old is a favorite among conservatives. he used to be the senate number 3 republican but he's been out of office since 2007. he's expected to be in a republican debate in new hampshire next week. sarah palin insists she did not mess up american history when she recounted the famous ride of paul revere. >> the warned british they weren't going to be taking away our arms and making sure as he was riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.
>> that was palin last week on her east coast bus tour. the historical paul reveres house website tells a different story. it said the famous ride was a secret mission that british troops were marching to arrest them. palin said part of his ride was to warn the british that were already there, that, hey, you're not going to succeed, you're not going to take american arms, you are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia we had. she went on to say, he did warn the british. this morning we're learning how much closer john edwards came to a plea deal in the allegations that he illegally used campaign money. he pleaded not guilty. federal prosecutors say he used campaign money to hide his affair with staffer rielle hunter and a child. in plea negotiations, sources say he wanted the case to have
minimal impact on his two younger children. the justice department offered a deal only if he agreed to serve six months in prison but edwards would not agree to any time behind bars. get ready for more confusion. if you take the 14th street bridge to work. the traffic pattern on the bridge will be changing again this week. the final phase of the two-year reconstruction project will begin overnight tomorrow. crews will begin setting up for the new configuration late tomorrow night. the project should be completed this fall. the construction zone will shift to right center lane of the north half of the bridge. three lanes routed to the left and one lane to the right >> that won't be the only traffic mess virginia will have to deal with. northbound lanes of the beltway will be closed near the i-395 intersection because of work on the hot lanes project. the lanes will be closed every night from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. traffic will be detoured on to
edsell road >> drivers, listen up. there are street closers this morning as pepco crews work to are repair three underground cables that lost power last night. 1st street between l and m and pierce between north capital and 1st street. a section of the curb lane on north capital at the intersection of l will be closed through the rush hour. and don't let cuteness fool you. a squirrel knocked out power yesterday morning in bethesda. at 11:20, a squirrel found its way into a substation and knocked a feeder off line. the squirrel is still on the loose and still trying the get the ringing out of its ears. four kiddy pools remain closed because of a pool drain recall. kiddy pools at harry thomas, upshire, theodore is closed
because there's a risk swimmers could possibly get trapped in the drain covers. they don't know exactly when the drains will arrive. they can't open until the drains are installed but the regular pools are still open. it looks like it's going to be pool weather very soon in the d.c. area again. >> a good week for pools. >> plan accordingly. by mid week, the heat and humidity will be returning. this morning we are off to a pleasant start. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. we're 6 at reagan national. low 60s in prince george's. montgomery, near 60 degrees. arlington now in the upper 6 0s. much of fairfax county now in the mid-60s. farther west, weather watchers reporting mostly clear sky and it's in the low 60s to mid-60s. and there is a little bit of ground fog in the rural areas of maryland and virginia, parts of west virginia, near the bay,
temperatures in the upper 60s. lower part of the eastern shore away from the waters it's only near 60. so quite a pleasant start to this monday morning. meanwhile, out of the mountains in maryland, west virginia, upper 50s to even mid-50s a few locations in western maryland. and a bit steamy to our south where temperatures are near 70 in the carolinas. but that steam is going to stay away from us today. we have a tphoenorthwesterly fl loft. a few clouds kwopg. a live picture from city camera. sunrise, 5:43. by 9:00, bright and sunny sky. we'll be in the mid-70s by then. by noon time, 80. by midafternoon, into the mid-80s. by late afternoon, back down into the low 80s. overnight tonight we'll have our temperatures in the upper 60s early part of the evening. a mostly clear evening by midnight, near 70. a few clouds starting off
tomorrow morning. ought to be in the low 60s as we start off tuesday. then a little bit hotter tomorrow but still not real humid. up near 90 degrees. the big heat will build on wednesday and thursday. highs both days the upper 90s. and sweltering humidity as well. a front will come our way, stall out. we have a chance of passing showers and thunder showers but it should be cooler. saturday and sunday should make it into the 80s with morning lows in the 60s. and you can keep up with the forecast on twitter. along with the latest science and nature news. jerry, how's traffic? >> tom, with the high temperatures may have to prepare my vapor couch in case we get the vapors. new york avenue, kennel worth, capital street into the district, moving along nicely.
outer loop, river road moving nicely. a lot of overnight road work around tysons corner. inner loop of the beltway should be picked up. a little bit of volume both ways. nothing to fear. one more stop over at virginia, had ien 95 northbound still looking pretty good dale city. increasing volume but the lanes are open. eun. >> you might have to scoot over on the couch for me, jerry. >> ray lahood will join in hike to go work. the agency funds major bicycle and pedestrian friendly projects across the country. last year his agency offered a new bicycle commuting benefit to its employees. >> our time right now is 4:54. coming up, the announcement that's big enough to bring steve jobs back to the stage. also, the really big addition to one local airport debuting today. from the hudson to the highway. where the miracle plane hit a
part of a fence so the truck could move through. once it reaches baltimore area, it will head west on interstate 70 and 68 into west virginia. it is on its way to north carolina where it will be on display in an aviation museum >> exciting to see. air france will begin new daily service using the airbus a-380. the first flight of the super jumbo a-380,he largest passenger plane in the world, will arrive from dulles to paris. it features two passenger decks and 538 seats. it is combining two flights into one with this large jet saving 20% in operating costs. a former inaugural celebration of the flights between paris and washington is planned for june 16th. an announcement from apple later today that could turn out to be their next big thing. so big that they are bringing out the big guy to make the announcement. apple ceo steve jobs has been on medical leave for months but today he will return to center stage to take the wraps off what
could be apple's next big seller. analysts expect the new product to be i-cloud that will let's people stream music they bought to any apple device. it is seen as a service from cloud from amazon to google. >> it is so big it is going to cause rain. >> only tom kierein can make that happen. >> news 4 continues at 5:00 a.m. dry, hot weather is hampering a wildfire inching closer to homes. i'm joe krebs. i'm eun yang. welcome to this monday, june 6th, 2011. a live look outside right now. it is just about 5:00. it's 66 degrees out there. still pretty mild. and a beautiful sky. but things are heating up in the nation's