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or watching. see you at 6:00. welcome to "world news tonight." dozens of wildfires raging at this hour. thousands of people evacuated. one firefighter losing his life. california in a state of emergency. a scare in the skies. two passenger planes about to land coming dangerously close to drones. >> about 100 feet below us. just off the right wing. >> the new message from homeland security to police around the country. the fda warning about a medical device in nearly every hospital. an iv part that hackers could target? >> security in health care is a cold war. and take a look. these construction crews, panhandlers and highway workers are not what they seem. they are undercover cops. why they're wearing disguises to keep you safe.
good evening. and thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. we begin with those raging wildfires. tonight, the danger so high, california's governor declaring a state of emergency. this fire right here, the rocky fire, burning 18,000 acres so far. flames taller than the homes they threaten. nearly 9,000 firefighters on the front lines. and now, one of them, a husband and a father, paying the ultimate price. he was killed in the line of duty. 24 fires burning in california alone. but tonight, there are fires burning in eight states across the country. flames fueled by hot, dry conditions. the forecast in a moment, but first, abc's kayna whitworth leads us off from the hot zone. >> reporter: two dozen large fires now burning across california, sparked by lightning strikes igniting dry ground. conditions so treacherous, they claimed the life of david ruhl,
a 38-year-old firefighter who vanished in the flames thursday. he became trapped after the fire changed direction because of the erratic winds. >> because of the drought-stricken vegetation, accompanied by the steep terrain and winds, we're seeing fire activity that's abnormal for this time of year. >> reporter: dry lightning is the cause of most of these fires. since thursday, more than 400 lightning strikes reported in three northern california counties sparking at least 60 small fires in the region. 91,000 acres have burned so far. that's over 142 square miles, or an area roughly the size of denver. those nearly 9,000 firefighters are now battling these flames. the biggest fire is the rocky fire near sacramento. only 5% contained, and has forced at least 650 people to evacuate. >> it's like being in another world. it's the smells, the embers. i mean, it's still burning here. >> reporter: governor jerry brown declared a state of emergency for california on friday. that means the national guard has been called in to help firefighting forces already stretched thin.
>> as we look at the amount of fires started due to lightning, we have a long road ahead of us. >> reporter: with no rain for relief in sight and very dry conditions in california, these fires are burning extra hot. take a look at this ash that's left over, and it's even scorching rocks in its path. cecilia, these are very dangerous conditions for firefighters. >> they sure are. kayna, thank you. rob's here now. kayna mentioned that dry lightning sparking so many fires. what makes it so dangerous? >> reporter: it's so frustrating for these firefighters because you not only get the lightning that starts fires, but gusty winds and you don't get the beneficial rain that can help put out the fires. and here's the setup for that. the big blue dry h in the north. it limits that deep monsoon moisture to the south. anything that streams up north, really, produces the thunderstorms and doesn't produce a whole lot of rain. we have red flag warnings remaining in place across the pacific northwest. look at the heat. just dries up any rain that wants to reach the ground. 95 in portland. we've set all sorts of records for the month of july in both oregon and washington. that's carrying over for the first weekend of august. severe weather across parts of
the northern plains, minnesota, the southern half of it, potentially some damaging winds with that and some lightning, certainly. chicago in through parts of lower michigan, tomorrow night, i think, is going to be the threat there. heavy rain across north central florida today. tampa seeing over three inches just since this morning and look at that. the future radar shows that rainfall is going to hang over that part of the state right through tomorrow. meanwhile, miami could use more rain, they're not going to get a whole lot. >> they sure do need it. rob, thank you. and next to a threat we have never before seen. a common medical device found in so many hospital rooms could be vulnerable to a cyber attack. the fda warning hospitals, be on alert for hackers. here's abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: hospitals across the country receiving an unprecedented warning by the fda tonight, that a commonly used medical device may be at risk of getting hacked. the device, hospira's symbiq infusion pump, is used to deliver medications like painkillers and cancer treatments to patients through an iv. in its warning, the fda says, an unauthorized user with malicious intent could access the pump
remotely and modify the dosage it delivers. >> so, every hospital should assume that its devices, if connected to the internet, can be attacked. and so this -- it's an important warning. this is not an isolated incident. >> reporter: hospira says it deployed an update to provide customers with an extra layer of security, until the pump is completely off the market in a few months. a move already in the works before this warning. this new worry over health care hacks comes just after fiat-chrysler issued a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles to install software to prevent hacking. >> kill the engine. >> reporter: a vulnerability seen in this demonstration video, when hackers took control of this jeep. these two cases, showing how the rewards of technology also come with risks. and the fda says there was no specific hacking attempt that prompted this warning, but still says there's a very real possibility, cecilia, this could happen. >> scary possibility, too.
aditi, thank you. and we turn to politics now. 17 republicans in the race for the white house, and tonight, another democrat may be on the horizon. joe biden. while the vice president has not indicated whether he will run, an adviser tells our jon karl he believes biden is, quote, 90% in. biden has said that he would decide by the end of summer. next to africa, and new questions about another famous lion. jericho, seen here on the left, is the brother of cecil, there on the right. cecil, of course, is the lion whose killing by an american dentist last month sparked international outrage. and tonight, there are fears for his brother, too. here now, abc's phillip mena with the later. >> reporter: tonight, conflicting reports from zimbabwe, that cecil's brother, jericho, may have been shot and killed by a hunter. jericho protecting cecil's cubs after his death one month ago. the news comes as cecil the lion's killer, american dr. walter palmer, faces
increasing scrutiny. he hasn't been seen since closing his minnesota dental office five days ago. protesters now joined by zimbabwe's environment minister, calling for dr. palmer to return there to answer for the killing of its most famous lion. >> the processes have started and we are looking forward for his extradition. >> reporter: even if dr. palmer isn't extradited, experts say a u.s. law called the lacey act could spell trouble for him here at home. >> the lacey act allows the justice department to bring a criminal prosecution against people who have imported animals that they have taken in violation of a foreign nation's law. imprisonment is a possible penalty. >> reporter: big game hunting is big business. just last year, a texas man paid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in namibia. money reportedly used for conservation. authorities in zimbabwe tonight now suspending big game hunting in the area where cecil was killed. phillip mena, abc news, new
york. and now, to some frightening close calls in the air here in new york. two different flights landing at jfk airport coming within mere feet of drones. flying where they should not have been. pilots seeing drones in the sky virtually every day. the risk of colliding with one of them growing, too. here now, abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, after two close-calls with drones in the most crowded airspace in the country, aviation experts sounding the alarm. >> sooner or later, we're going to lose an airplane due to a collision. >> reporter: friday, a drone spotted just 100 feet below jetblue flight 1834 from port-au-prince, about to land at new york's jfk airport. >> it was a four-bladed drone, but color or direction, i'm not sure, ma'am. it just popped right underneath our nose. >> reporter: just more than two hours later, in the same area, again, a drone coming dangerously close.
this time, to delta flight 407 from orlando on its final approach. >> what altitude would you say that was? >> i would say probably about 100 feet below us, just off the right wing. >> reporter: no one was hurt and investigators don't suspect foul play. but the serious concerns about drones, highlighted again friday by the department of homeland security, telling law enforcement agencies, "we cannot rule out that adversaries in the homeland would be able to use these to support illicit or violent activities." another potential being closely watched tonight as the nypd tries to track down whoever was behind those scares here at jfk. officials saying finding drone operators especially in a crowded city can be incredibly difficult. cecilia? >> marci, thank you. and another airplane headline tonight. the wing part suspected of belonging to that missing malaysian airlines jet is now in a lab for analysis. a team of international investigators hoping something on that piece of metal may finally reveal what happened to flight 370. abc's alex marquardt reports in
from reunion island, where they found that mystery part. >> reporter: tonight, what could be the key piece of evidence in the disappearance of mh-370, now in the hands of investigators after arriving in southern france. experts confident that the six-foot long piece of the wing, called the flaperon, that washed up on a beach in the indian ocean, will finally yield some answers as to how the plane went down. >> they can look at how metal bends. how metal breaks. they'll be looking for potential explosive witness marks, anything that might show explosive residue. >> reporter: even before any results come out, officials are increasingly sure this is part of the fatal malaysian airlines plane that disappeared 16 months ago without a trace. >> it's the only 777 unaccounted for, so, it would seem most likely that this is part of that plane. >> reporter: so far, no other pieces have turned up, and for now, there is no official search around reunion island. the lack of other parts further fuels the leading theory that
the plane was brought down deliberately. >> almost everybody believes at this point that this was a murder-suicide. >> reporter: tonight, a prayer service was held here by members of the chinese community in support of the victims' families. "we want people to have hope," this man told us. "we want to diminish their suffering." and cecilia, we're told that a team from boeing, as well as investigators from the national transportation safety board, will be traveling from the u.s. to france on tuesday to take part in the analysis of that piece of the wing. truly a global effort to get to the bottom of this mystery. cecilia? >> a global effort is right. alex, thank you. and next to police officers going undercover on america's roads. they're not looking for dangerous drug dealers, but for dangerous drivers, texting behind the wheel. next time you pull up to a construction worker in a hard hat, look closely. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: in marietta, georgia, a construction worker wanders between cars stopped at a red light. no one pays him any attention.
what they don't realize is he's actually a police officer looking for people texting in their cars. and he found plenty. >> the black lexus, black female driver, texting. holding the phone in his right hand. >> we can get close enough and almost get into the cars and look down into them and see what people are texting and what they're doing on their phones. >> reporter: it's a novel way to attack a growing problem. each year, more than 3,000 people are killed and over 420,000 injured in distracted driver accidents. >> impairment is still a problem but this texting is killing just as many people as drunk drivers. >> reporter: in stamford, connecticut, this officer dressed up in a surveyor's hat and helped nab 85 distracted drivers in just one day. and in san bernardino, california, it would have been easy to miss these very plainly-clothed officers, even though their signs explained exactly why they're there. creative ways to try catch people doing what experts say is as dangerous as driving drunk.
dwt -- driving while texting. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. well, if you were outside last night, maybe you were lucky enough to see this. a rare blue moon. it only happens once every 2 1/2 years or so. well, you know, once in a blue moon. you've heard the saying. you've definitely heard the song. ♪ blue moon ♪ >> reporter: but did you know a blue moon really isn't blue? it's golden orange, glowing red. around the world, people looking up at the night sky, marveling at the sight. the second full moon in a month. up close in kuwait, so close, you can see the craters. you sent us your pictures, too. from farms in alabama to fields in missouri. salt lake city shining. coast to coast, from seattle to the new york skyline, hovering over the nation's capital, even
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headed now. and that's because, ever since he arrived in this world, in august, that's august 2014, he's lived in this hospital. born more than 16 weeks early, which is a lot. here's how small he was. that is his dad's wedding ring. trevor weighed just over a pound back then. but the good news, trevor was one of the kids who made it, although not easily. that's why he was 345 days in the hospital. there were times when it was not clear that trevor would live. >> it was hour by hour, minute by minute. >> reporter: but the thing about going home after 345 days, it's not exactly good riddance, glad it's over. because certain attachments were formed. like all of these nurses who came in on their day off to say good-bye to the little guy. they were happy to see him go home, but they also hated to see him leave. >> we're so happy for the family, but yeah, our place is going to feel a whole lot different without him here. >> reporter: and his mom, becky, realizing that she'd been getting a lot of help from this big hospital family. >> i'm nervous. i'm excited.
i'm sure there will be tears. just hope i have what it takes. >> reporter: well, there he goes. and here's the epilogue. trevor's been home a week and all is well. he fits in with his big sister. oh, more news. his mom's expecting. a new baby due in a few weeks. so, enjoy it, trevor, being baby of the family for a little while. and being home for good. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> welcome home, trevor. "gma" and "this week" in the morning. we will see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm cecilia vega in new york. enjoy your saturday night. good evening to you.
next at 6:00, more homes threatened bay north bay wildfire. that firefighters are having a hard time controlling. >> no bart across the bay. an effort across the state today to ban an oil industry practice that protesters say is dangerous to humans and the environment. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. bart service across the bay shut done this weekend. commuterrers doing what they took get to san francisco from oakland. good evening. i'm katie marzullo. bart says people diddleys ton their request to not take bart today. ridership was down 40,000 trips as of this afternoon. sir gentlemen quinn tan nice live from san francisco's transbay terminal with more on how things are going.
>> reporter: so far those passenger whose have taken the bus bridge tell us not much of a problem. they're getting plenty of directions on the ground by a small army of street guides guides and the buses of the bay bridge have their own dedicated lanes. a lot of the street guides have been here since early this morning to help passengers to connect bart trains to the embarcadero and then walk to the transbay terminal to continue to trains to downtown oakland. passengers from oakland told us the bus rise was not crowded. 25 to 30 minutes across the bridge. bart says typical ridership is down 50 and they have a fleet of buses to provide shuttle service. >> we have a total of 94 buses