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protection district just a t cf gss dday morning. transformer casts sparks on vegetation that ignited a grass fire. then at 5:00 a.m., investigation showed pg&e equipment malfunctioned and ignited a grass fire. >> and there is a happy homecoming going on. city workers are welcoming residents back after some kinkaid fire evacuation orders are lifted. sky 7 is live where a steady stream of people are heading back to their homes. some good news after days of endless anxiety and uncertainty. good evening. >> thanks for joining us. abc 7 reporter is in that traffic with the kinkaid fire evacwees who are returning home to their
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so wen the truck once again headed north. area where a different story today because people will be very happy as they return home after they were evacuated because of the kinkaid fire over the weekend. now, we did notice, takectuall in the area. there he is right there. he lives here and he said that the traffic was unusual for this time and we do believe that it could be folks that are headed back up to sonoma county who were evacuated. likely people who were evacuated may be staying in san francisco headed back up north. right now take a look. we are on 101 driving through santa rosa northbound. you can see there is a little bit of traffic, but some of this could just be part of the normal commute. so great news as people head home. but if you are planning to hit the roads on 101, particularly headed northbound, be prepared for a little bit of extra traffic. in the north bay, kate
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>> many went to the sonoma county fairgrounds. >> eric, some are there getting the word they can finally go somee, indeaitingere 6:30 news by cal fire. while kate was in windsor, we headed north to heelsburg. we were here as people began trickling back into their homes and into their businesses after the evacuation. police and national guard troops were turning most people away as they exited 101 and tried to turn on to dry creek road. one group was getting through. >> kizer is closed. we're closed. >> reporter: the chairman of the district hospital and his crew of engineers and maintenance people were allowed back five days after the kinkaid fire forced them to evacuate. >> the sooner we get started, the sooner it gets there. >> reporter: first they installed air skrubers to filter out smoke. next they will check for damage.
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>> we get wipe downs of all surfaces in all the departments. check to see that we're clean. once that starts, there is a long process of recertification for the hospital. >> reporter: partial reopening in a week they hope. full restoration in three weeks. >> i put a basically a little port able sprinkler. >> the hose from the sprinkler he placed on the roof still dangling. >> i left at 2:30 in the morning ond sunday. >> reporter: the family had to evacuate during the north bay fires of 2017. both were scarey, but this time was different. >> this time we had more time, which was nice. i just wish there was a way they could stop the fire earlier. >> reporter: what was also different this time is many of his neighbors chose not to leave. in fact, most of the people on that street in santa rosa stayed, despite the mandatory
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evacuation order. apparently, they were afraid of looting, which they experienced during the 2017 north bay fires. live at the fire grounds, eric thomas abc 7 news. >> thank you. here is the latest update from cal fire on where things stand to this moment. the kinkaid fire burned 77,000 acres. the fire is 30% contained. it has destroyed 206 structures, half were homes. more than 90,000 structures are still threatened. >> pretty scarey last night. you could see the glow and the flames. >> i think everyone around here was on edge. it was a scarey situation. >> residents watched the kinkaid fire threaten their middletownhome in lake county. some people are still without power and it's cold. >> we have been without power since saturday. actually started on wednesday, then got back on friday for a couple hours and then we lost it
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again. and our -- you know, all the ice has melted. everything in the fridge is gone. so we're kind of basically whatever is open we eat and if nothing is open, we just don't eat. >> the governor sympathizes with everyone. >> yeah. and he told a group of seniors in napa county today he recognizes that losing power is more than just an inconvenience for them. i is actually a health hazard. >> the story from canyon. >> this was full. it was just jammed with steaks. >> reporter: evelyn was devastated at all the food she had to throw out. but little things helped. >> hi. i'm here to clean out your refrigerat refrigerator. >> probably $300 worth. >> so worry you're going through that. we have food for you today. >> reporter: meals on wheels cleaned out refrigerators for seniors.
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seniors like evelyn couldn't use their electrical medical devices for four days and she knew just what she wanted to tell the governor. >> have pg&e be more considerate about what areas they shut down and especially where senior citizens are involved. >> they were given just four hours of notice by pg&e. it wasn't on the original list. >> reporter: the governor tuned in to the concerns. >> this is not the new normal. this cannot take ten years to resol resolve. we will hold them accountable. >> he said more targeted outages are needed. >> too cozy with the utilities. not aggressive enough on public safety, not aggressive enough in terms of the oversight. >> after a rough week, it's nice to see the good come out in the community. the community action of napa valley food bank brought in these boxes for all the seniors with fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh milk. >> trick or treat. we had the trick. now we get the treat.
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>> reporter: in american canyon, leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. >> pg&e gave the all clear to begin restoring area in the bay area. >> finding out when that will be is not easy. most areas near the kinkaid fire had no estimate as to when electricity will be restored. some areas should get their power back on by 8:00 p.m. tomorrow. the same with mill valley. remember, utility crews must perform safety checks before they can restore power. >> in the east bay, businesses affected by the power shut-offs are asking customers to support their neighborhood stores. >> some lost thousands of dollars and are struggling to survive. reporting from oakland with what's next. >> it was a welcoming site. the owner of pearl wine bar in oakland's neighborhood started his day going to the farmer's market after days of not having power, he was back in business. all told, the restaurant took a
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big hit. >> anywhere from 40 to 48,0 $00 >> you make up for it in doing other days of service. like maybe we open for thanksgiving. >> reporter: outside this safeway store, people followed the advice, when in doubt throw it out. >> because you don't want to get sick on top of everything else that's going on. >> more water. more water. first thing i'm going to buy is more water and a good steak for dinner tonight. >> what is the first thing you bought down there? >> i just bought some more yogurt. >> people had much to say about the lessons learned from recent events. >> when they tell you they're going to turn it off, believe them and get prepared. >> to be patient. >> get a generator. move to austin or move to oregon.
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no. i mean, until they sell the damn company, you know, the damn utility, get a generator. >> restaurants like his and other shops are now hoping to get the support of their communities. abc 7 news. tonight pg&e has agreed to give rebated to thousands of customers who lost power earlier this month. >> michael is off. but the team has learned pg&e will issue credits for homes and businesses caught up in the first planned outage. >> pg&e admits it failed to give customers adequate notice before shutting off their electricity on october 9th. the website kept crashing. they initially renews refused t compensate anyone for losses. >> now it is $100 for residents and $250 for businesses. >> i know that's cold comfort for those that have lost hundreds, if not thousands in terms of business interruption
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or personal losses. but at least they are acknowledging that and are making a down payment. >> now, keep in mind the rebated only apply to the first shut down because of those communication problems. >> twitter's big tweets. why the company is dropping all political ads. >> fire fight in southern california, more fires break out as powerful winds sweep that region. at one point the reagan presidential library was in the line. >> plus, kids retrace the odyssey that changed california. the accidental discovery of the san francisco bay and how that moment took on special significance
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firefighters fought a garage fire earlier this morning which killed a family dog sadly.
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at 3:20 in the morning firefighters were dispatched near the evacuation zone. firefighters contained the blaze to the garage, but the remains of the dog were found inside. tuesday afternoon, firefighters also put out a fire in the garage of a duplex. two people were sent to the hospital in that instance with minor injuries. twitter announced it is banning all political advertising on the platform globally. advertising on social media gives media campaigning an unfair advantage with highly targeted and sometimes m misleading messages. mark zuckerberg was criticized for disclosing they will not fact check political ads during a congressional hearing last week. a political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. we believe this decision should not be compromised by money. let's take you down south now. more than 26,000 people were
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evacuated this morning as a new fire broke out near los angeles. the flames have burned 1,300 acres. it broke out near power lines, so that will be part of the investigation. they told regulators they had not cut power to those lines. for a time the fire threatens the presidential library. that's a statue of reagan in front of the building as smoke just fills the sky. look at what drivers faced. flames shooting out near a mountain road as you will see drivers frantically trying to maneuver around the flames. there are a lot of branches in that area. residents banded together to round up horses and other farm animals as the wind fanned flames all around them. it was terribly intense. >> this big rig just went over in the time that we were doing this live shot.
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>> strong winds toppled five big rigs traveling along the 15 freeway today. three of them, one after another 100 yards apart. they had to hold on to their jackets as they billowed in the winds. the winds lifted the back of this truck. watch this. off the ground. >> oh. >> that's when the driver stopped and wisely waited for it to be safe. 250 years ago, european settlers first set eyes on what would become the san francisco bay. spanish colonial led his explorers to hill tops to see the bay in all its glory. now students make the same trek up into the hills. abc 7 news community journalist has the story. >> reporter: 50 years ago the arriving spanish had walked up from mexico and traveled into what is now the state of california. they came here and looked out
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and saw the san francisco bay. they were the first europeans to come over the ridge and see the san francisco bay inside the golden gate. so we're having a commemoration today. >> i noticed the fourth grade history books had nothing about the name sake of our school, so we decided to initiate a hike over the years. we expanded it to the entire school. so from 60 in 1985 to almost 400 every year. >> hopefully more people will come up here and really take in this vista and kind of remember, you know, from where we come. >> because of this significant anniversary, the golden gate national recreation area has chosen to put in new displays so people can understand all the history that came at this place all those years ago. >> prior to that, 250 years ago, some 350,000 or half a million or more state of californiana
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lived in this region. >> the building of this meant the end of ours. the good part is we're still here. so some awareness of that is important because this is our homeland and we still feel the sacred obligations to be the caretakers of this place. we don't own it. we are part of it. and we now have other people that are willing to be caretakers with it. and that's the reality of it. so we want to work together to do that sacred obligation. >> that's great. > you know, that's a gorgeous hike. now with those signs you can learn a lot about california history while doing it, too. >> exercise and learn. >> yes. >> let's talk about the winds that have been fierce. >> let's check in. >> i do have good news to report. those winds have come down. take a look at gusting right now to 13 miles an hour. 12 miles. as you take a look at the
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relative humidity, it is dry. 11%, napa 12% in fair field, in livermore. those winds peaked at over 60 miles an hour. 58 mile an hour winds. live doppler 7 is showing you clear conditions across the bay area as we check out those temperatures. they're primarily in the 60s and 70s. air quality, this is definitely an improvement. it is good across the entire bay area with the exception of a few spots near the fire zone. but right now you are looking at good air quality. we take a look at what's ahead. air quality will be poor in the north bay. it's currently at moderate air quality for the rest of the bay area except the santa clara valley. we are looking at ses rinow. clear and cold inland tomorrow. dry with light winds for
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halloween and a sunny wild pattern the next seven freeze warning for the north bay valleys tomorrow 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. temperatures expected tos to th. definitely bring your pets inside. cover your plants or bring them inside and you will definitely want to protect your pipes as well. temperatures in the morning down to 27 in santa rosa, 31 in napa. it will be very cold around san francisco. san jose as we check out the afternoon temperatures. under hazy skies near the fire zone. otherwise, nice conditions, sunshine upper 60s to 70s. here is a look at your halloween forecast. sun goes down at 6:12. 7:00 p.m. all treats. and we are looking at no creepy clouds at 8:00 p.m. not bone chilling either. but later on tomorrow night going into the following morning will be chilly again. sunday at 2:00 a.m. begins fall
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back one hour before going to bed on saturday night. don't forget to change your batteries as well for your smoke detectors. halloween tomorrow, spare the air, chilly in the morning but mild in the afternoon. another cold morning for friday. saturday, sunday will be in the mid-60s to upper 70s. don't forget fall back one hour sunday morning daylight saving time ends. we are looking at dry conditions for the rest of the seven-day forecast. but i'm hopeful maybe in about two weeks we may see some rain. >> wouldn't that be nice? >> we need it. >> can't wait. >> thank you very much. >> thank you very much. the ...6, 7, 8 >> thank you very much. the ♪ ♪ ♪ big dreams start with small steps... ...but dedication can get you there. so just start small... start saving. easily set, track and control your goals
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annoepidemic fueled by juul use with their kid-friendly flavors. san francisco voters stopped the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. but then juul, backed by big tobacco, wrote prop c to weaken e-cigarette protections. the san francisco chronicle reports prop c is an audacious overreach, threatening to overturn the ban on flavored products approved by voters. prop c means more kids vaping. that's a dangerous idea. vote no on juul. no on big tobacco. no on prop c. the fires and power outages have been a real ordeal for families and their pets as well. >> a up number of agencies hav jumped in to help. today there was a little bit of
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joy among the struggle. >> it was a day long homecoming celebration at this humane society today. martha is typical with fire evacwees having to leave ozzie in the care of the center to be able to find shelter for herself. >> it was a blessing for us because my dog is so big it was very difficult to, you know, keep him in the shelter that was available. >> they took in dozens of dogs both at their center and at the evacuation shelter in the civic center. caring for the refugees free of charge even though their own power was out for a time. >> you know, it is the same drill of being compassionate and open to people who are scared and don't know what to do with their animals. >> but with power being restored now and some evacuation orders lifted, families are beginning to stream in, reuniting with their pets. >> how are you? it is a little bit frightening.
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i know. >> he is like a hyper dog. >> but he's calm. >> for anthony and lucky, it is homeward bound and the handlers are hoping the 100 plus families and pets still under their care will be close behind. >> isn't that great? many families are still struggling. >> they have been able to provide relief thanks in part to donations. >> keep that coming. it helps. what happens to halloween when fires force you out of your home? >> that's next. but first we want to thank ken for this picture. the skies in eerie orange because of all our fires. >> you may see it on
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halloween is tomorrow. for many children impacked by the wild fires they never had
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the chance to grab their costumes before the families evacuated. >> several families planned to trick or treat. no costumes required inside a hotel. >> we can just go to our family's rooms back and forth and then we can go back in the room and count our county. >> i'm kind of sad that -- that we can't have halloween in our home. but i'm glad that i got the opportunity to like, me and my family got the opportunity to come here and maybe we can do halloween here. >> well, one dad shared the story of about 50 kids staying at one hotel. and he just shared with us that some of them could be home tomorrow night when evacuation orders being lifted. back into a familiar neighborhoods. >> that would be a halloween treat. world news tonight is next. as always, we appreciate your time. >> from all of us here, thank you so much for joining us tonight. >> we'll see you again in half an hour. enjoy the rest of your evening.
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tonight, on "world news tonight" from california, the extreme red flag warning. the urgent effort here in simi valley to protect the reagan presidential library. tonight, we are right there as the flames erupt on the hills leading up to the reagan library. the urgent efforts on the ground and in the air to keep the flames back. thousands of homes in danger. families told to get out. seniors evacuated. horses on the side of the road. hurricane-force santa ana winds not seen in years. the first time ever, what's called an extreme red flag warning. more than 70 miles per hour. super tankers struggling to hit their targets. in other news tonight, a deadly plane crash right into a neighborhood. the horrific damage on the ground.
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