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tonight, breaking news. wildfires raging out of control. a quarter million people told to get out. the wall of fire swallowing parts of southern california. the entire city of malibu evacuated. we go inside the firefight as a new round of high winds fuels the flames. also breaking tonight, the search and rescue to the north. 100 people unaccounted for, nearly two dozen dead, and thousands of homes destroyed.thd tonight, the story of a nurse rescuing patients, her clothes on fire, amid the chaos to evacuate. the recount battle. ballots being counted again in florida, as both parties hold out hope in high-profile governor and senate races. the allegations of fraud as protesters line up.
new investigation? are house democrats preparing to launch a n president trump and hush money payments made during the campaign? what our team has just learned. also tonight, the murder mystery. could an amazon echo become the star witness in a murder trial? what the judge in the case has just ruled. plus, the abc news exclusive. robin roberts, one-on-one with michelle obama. what the former first lady wrote in her new book about her rage and her fear when it comes to president trump. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. high winds, exactly what firefighters feared most, are now hitting southern california. fueling the out of control wildfires. this, as the death toll is growing. a quarter million people have been told to get out and stay out in southern california, as the woolsey fire triggered mandatory evacuations, including the entire city of malibu. the fire on the move towards
several new neighborhoods. many homes threatened, and at least two confirmed dead. in the north, devastation and despair. at least 23 confirmed dead in the camp fire, now the state's deadliest since 1991. and roughly 100 people are still unaccounted for. these images from the mountain town of paradise, a hellscape. nearly 7,000 structures completely gone. firefighters working to save people, animals, and property from the flames. but we're also hearing harrowing accounts from residents forced to save themselves. matt gutman leads our coverage from malibu. >> reporter: tonight, much of southern california is a tinder box. >> right now, we're seeing a great retardant drop right on the line. >> reporter: a new round of ferocious winds, gusting up to 50 miles per hour, coupled with super dry air, kicking up a fire of already historic proportions. it has more than doubled in size over the past two days.
and over a quarter of a million people, ordered to evacuate. and tonight, they're being ordered to stay away. >> i can't imagine being asked to leave my home, but for your safety, your home can be rebuilt, but we can't bring your life back. >> reporter: many of the more than 3,000 firefighters here have already been on the front lines for days. now bracing as an already bad situation could get worse. firefighters describing a hurricane of fire obliterating entire neighborhoods. >> you come up to this community now, and it's like a war zone of demolished, burnt-up houses. >> reporter: the actor gerard butler tweeting this photo after he returned to his home. firefighters are so stretched, they're just abandoning homes like this that have mostly burned already. there's no point in trying to battle flames like this, this intense and this dangerous. watch as the intense heat and wind hurl debris as if it were a tornado.
>> i'm surrounded by fire. i'm surrounded by fire, and i don't know what to do. >> reporter: fire raining down on people as they tried to escape. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: that journey to safety, perilous for many. >> we have room down there. just go! >> reporter: authorities confirming two fatalities, folks who died in their cars. and now, in addition to that blaze, local authorities finding themselves in a political spat with president trump, who tweeted, "there is no reason for these massive, deadly, and costly fires in california except that forest management is so poor." the president of the california professional firefighters association responding, "the president's message is ill-informed, ill-timed, and demeaning to those who are t front lines."l as to the men it's important to note, firefighters have been stretched so thin over the past couple years, more firefighters have died from suicide than from fighting fires. and i want you to get a sense of the scale and totality of the
destruction in this neighborhood in malibu. nothing stood a chance. the soil turns white when the fire burns at thousands of degrees. nothing in its path stood a chance. tom? >> thousands of degrees of heat. matt, thank you. we will have more on the forecast in a moment. but first, we turn to the northern part of the state, where the destruction in the camp fire is now brutally clear. the town of paradise reduced to debris. and there's a race to account for 100 people reported missing when the fire swept through. with cell phone communication paralyzed for many. will carr is in the fire zone. >> reporter: tonight, the camp fire, scorching nearly 110,000 acres, and now california's third deadliest on record. the death toll jumping to 23. with communications down, many still missing. nurse nichole jolly is worried about one of her co-workers. >> we have been trying to reach her family. >> reporter: hospital staff racing to get patients out,
before evacuating themselves. >> i ran up this hill and i got into the next vehicle. the back of my pants were on fire, and i burned a hole in her seat. and she was praying with me, and she's like, i don't think we're going to make it. >> reporter: so many people had to jump out of their cars and make a run for it. so, search and rescue crews are going car by car. when they clear them, they put a pink ribbon on, and move down the road. the camp fire, now the most destructive on record in california, gutting more than 6,700 buildings. shawn field is waiting to see what's left. do you have any idea if your home is still standing? >> no. i just told the pg&e guy i'd pay him to take a picture. >> reporter: with residents being kept out of the area, we went to check on his home. you can see what the house looked like before the fire. this is what is left of shawn's house. >> hello? >> reporter: shait we're up at your house, and i'm sorry to say it didn't make it.
one single green coffee mug standing out in the rubble. i know it's not much, but we found that, wanted to get it to you. >> it's awesome to see the people that are helping us. >> reporter: with cell phone service spotty and the damage so widespread, it's even more difficult to track down the people who are still missing. tom? >> will, thank you. and the firefights have been complicated by high winds breathing life into the flames. more than 23 million across the state facing a critical fire risk right now. rob marciano is tracking the conditions, and these are the exact conditions firefighters were fearing the most? >> reporter: exactly. it's only going to increase over time. this is one of many homes that has burned to the ground, this one with ceramic tile roofing, which should have helped prevent the home from catching fire.
but the fire burned so hot, it did little to help the situation. red flag warnings up from the oregon border to mexico. and high wind warnings outside of san diego and los angeles. look for the winds to increase tomorrow from today. extreme fire danger, los angeles, malibu, san diego. critical fire danger. extreme low levels of humidity. and winds that could gust 40 to 50 miles per hour. if anything sparks in san diego, it will be explosive. this will be another two-day event. northern california normally gets rain by now. we haven't seen that. any hope for rain doesn't come until next week. tom? >> rob, thank you. also in california, an update on the thousand oaks bar massacre. an autopsy confirming ian david long fatally shot himself after opening fire inside the borderline bar and grill, killing a dozen people. authorities also investigating social media posts with time stamps showing long posted to instagram during the rampage, predicting people would respond
to the shooting with thoughts and prayers. next tonight to florida, where mandatory recounts have begun in several races. officials in several counties starting the recount process, reminiscent of florida's 2000 presidential recount. democrats unwilling to concede, while republicans have president trump on their side. victor oquendo is in broward county. >> reporter: today in broward county, protesters swarming election headquarters, as they have for days. each side accusing the other of election theft. florida's machine recount is under way. state law mandating a recount when races are within half a percentage point. the race for governor meeting that threshold. the senate race, even tighter. governor rick scott leading by just 12,500 votes. meanwhile, the rhetoric between scott and his opponent, bill nelson, heating up. >> senator nelson is clearly trying to find, trying to commit fraud to try and win this election. >> reporter: president trump weighing in.
tweeting, "trying to steal two big elections in florida. we are watching closely." while scott and the president have provided no evidence of fraud, democrats are expressing their own concerns about scott, as the current governor, being in the position to certify his own election. >> i am calling on governor scott to recuse himself immediately from any actions involving the florida election. scott has a blatant conflict of interest. >> reporter: in the governor's race, democrat andrew gillum rescinding his election night concession. >> i am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote. >> reporter: but republican ron desantis, leading by 33,000 votes, already looking ahead. >> we have begun our transition efforts to build an administration that can secure florida's future. >> let's go to victor in broward county. there are dueling lawsuits, and tonight governor scott with a new lawsuit.
are some sides in this battle trying to win the recount in court? >> reporter: this one is getting more heated by the day. governor scott filing a lawsuit in broward and palm beach counties asking for voting machines to be impounded to prevent what he has repeatedly called voter fraud. currently, there are no investigations into voter fraud. his opponent, bill nelson, says that scott is making false and panicked claims. >> victor, thank you. and in georgia, brian kemp is saying the refusal by stacey abrams to give up is a disgrace in democracy. abrams, seeking to become the first black woman elected governor in the united states, says tens of thousands of provisional ballots still need to be counted. unofficial returns show kemp with a roughly 63,000-vote advantage. in the arizona senate race, sinema is leading mcsally by just under 2%.
but there are about a quarter million outstanding ballots to be counted. next tonight, breaking news in the nation's capital. abc news has learned that democrats plan to investigate president trump's alleged involvement in hush payments made to women in 2016 when they take control in january. tara palmeri is at the white house. good evening. >> reporter: while robert mueller's probe appears to be wrapping up, the president is facing fire on another front. a senior democratic aide tells me that when the democrats take the house in january, they plan to further investigate the president's role in hush payments to stormy daniels and karen mcdougal. they both claim to have had affairs with trump. michael cohen pled guilty to campaign finance violations, and claims he made the payments at
the direction of then-candidate donald trump. president trump has claimed that cohen has no credibility and has long denied having any knowledge of the payments. tom? >> tara, thank you. also tonight, president trump and the first lady are returning to washington after an historic visit to paris. the president joining world leaders today marking the 100th anniversary of armistice day, the end of world war i. but remarks by emmanuel macron about nationalism are believed to be an open attack on his american counterpart. here's terry moran. >> reporter: the bells of paris tolled and more than 60 world leaders walked through a cold rain down the champs elysee, one hundred years to the hour after the end of world war i. president trump arrived by motorcade, apparently for security reasons. vladimir putin, arriving late, exchanged a quick handshake and thumbs-up with trump. french president emmanuel macron spoke of the lessons of the war and issued an unmistakable rebuke to president trump, who in recent weeks has proclaimed himself a nationalist.
a word with dark overtones in europe. >> you know what i am? i'm a nationalist, okay? i'm a nationalist. >> reporter: but today macron tried to draw a sharp distinction. "nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism," he said. the famous bromance between trump and macron, under pressure throughout this trip. later, president trump visited an american cemetery honoring the american fallen. but the leaders did some business here, too. at dinner last night, turkish president erdogan spoke to president trump about the murder of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi in istanbul. president erdogan revealing that turkey has shared with the u.s. and other countries an audiotape of khashoggi being killed inside the saudi consulate, all that putting more pressure on saudi arabia and on the crucial u.s.-saudi relationship. tom? >> terry, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. the "snl" star and the war hero
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that's the only the positive we have out of the fires. >> reporter: we witnessed this dog, lost, burned, and confused. a california highway patrolman stopped to help. what did you think when you saw him? >> not in too good of shape. he's an older dog. his hair, his fur has been singed a little bit, and not doing too well. feel bad for him. >> reporter: he's in shock, right? >> yeah. he wouldn't take any water. so hopefully they can take good care of him. >> reporter: volunteers bringing lost animals to this shelter at pierce college, offering desperately needed food and comfort to animals of all shapes and sizes. anxious residents returning to see the damage. this man finding his home intact, and, more importantly, his horse unharmed. grateful to be able to give him a hug. we thank all the volunteers and first responders. thanks for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here
tomorrow night. have a great evening. relief efforts underway across the state. how locals are pitching in to help those left with nothing. and we may be miles away but the bay area is stifled by all this smoke and will windy weather make it better or worse? abc 7 news is next. live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> good evening. thousands of homes destroyed nearly two dozen lives lost making the campfire thethird de. the campfire burned 111,000 acres across buithe county. it's 25% contained. the fire is responsible for 25 deaths and injured three firefighters and 650 ocho --
6500 homes are destroyed. more harrowing stories are emerging of escape. more than five shelters filled up with evacuees who don't know what's next. many left their homes with minutes to spare without time to grab important belongings. >> it was scary trying to go through the fire when it's all around you. so it's very scary. you got fire on the left. fire on the right, ash falling on you. >> just sitting there, we thought we were going to die. if we would have waited five more minutes, we wouldn't be here today. >> cal fire when the campfire broke out on thursday, it consumed 5,000 acres football f three seconds. massive cleanup continues in the communities directly impacted by the campfire. carlos spoke to one survivor still trying to reach a loved