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dozen fires continue to chew up acre after acre of parched california wildland... the largest... nowhere near right now at 5:00 nearly 2 dozen fires continue to chew up land. >> also, where's the solution. frustration in losgados as people deal with another weekend of traffic headaches. we'll show you how people are coping with b.a.r.t. in and out of san francisco. >> thank you for joining us. bay area drivers mean one thing this weekend. that would be patience and a lot of it. here's what it looked like on the golden gate bridge earlier this weekend.
commuters deal with the tranz bay closure. let's take a look at these back-ups here. this is all because b.a.r.t. says it must complete much-needed track repairs. christy smith is live at the ferry terminal in oakland. it has been packed with people. christy, how are they doing out there? >> reporter: well you know, you caught us in between boats. it's actually looking pretty quiet right now. one of the options that people seem to be liking is the ferry to cross the bay. as we've been talking about, b.a.r.t. is just not an option in and out of san francisco. i happened to speak to a spokesperson and he's saying basically travel is up about 24% between oakland, alameda and san francisco. they are offering up and downed service. lines are moving, but they are long. a b.a.r.t. spokesperson says from there the work is going well. busses are set up around 20th and broadway in oakland moving people in and out of the city.
the ride is taking about 20 minutes. b.a.r.t. is still running, but, again, just not in the transbay ii. rider shich is about half of what it would be for a normally day. workers are replacing worn out rails. b.a.r.t. put the word out some time ago that this would be happening. but the ferry certainly is popular. >> most definitely. i would take b.a.r.t. any day of the week. but this is faster and i didn't want to sit in traffic for an hour, hour and a half. >> this is a huge project. it's $2 million. it's just about every piece of heavy equipment that b.a.r.t. owns is working on this. about 90 people are out there working on the tracks. this is something that is understandably an inconvenience to a lot of people, but we absolutely need to get it doeb. done. >> we keep hearing over and over again that a lot of folks did not want to try the bay bridge. i certainly didn't want to either, today. you can see it is certainly
busy. but, again, the ferry seems to be something that a lot of folks are enjoying today. reporting live in oakland, christy smith, nbc bay area news. >> and i don't mind it. it's a good way to commute. a lot of folks figuring that out today. our coverage does continue online at nbc bay area dot com. there you will find details information to get you from point a to point b. >> on this beautiful summer day like today, thousands of people head to the coast. but when they hit traffic troubles on highway 17 many drivers decide to take a shortcut through los gados. what you're looking at is something the town wants to stop. hant been able to. joining us live to tell us how the town is discouraging that deadtorial. maryanne? >> reporter: harry, i'm here on santa cruz boulevard in downtown san jose. and all afternoon, we have seen a steady stream of traffic out on this road. the problem is a lot of people are using this as their default
detour on the way to the beach. that has created a lot of traffic in los gados. the town put up an electronic billboard to stick to highway 17 if you are going to the beach unless you plan to visit downtown los gados. >> a lot of people are getting off the highway off of 17 on their way to santa cruz thinking that they can cut through town faster. it's just creating all kinds of strafic jams and making it very difficult for people who are trying to gom to los gatos to shop or eat or people that live here just to get around and do everyday things. >> one of the problems is some mobile navigation applications actually recommend surface street short cuts when the highways are packed. but the mayor of los gatos says you really won't save any time going downtown.
as a deterrent, police are patrolling the area ticketing people who block intersections. it is certainly not illegal to drive through the city streets, wu some residents feel it is a safety issue. they say if there were to be an emergency in downtown los dwrks atos and there was a lot of traffic there, it would be difficult for emergency crews to complete that emergency. >> maryanne, thank you so much. new at 5:00 a tribute for a firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice doing his job. california's governor ordered the flag be flown half staff all to honor david derule. he banished while battling the forest fire. crews did recover his wod day yesterday morning. he was a volunteer firefighter from south dakota who helped to
come put out the fire. >> claimed one of 24 burning across california right now. the dry conditions brought only by years of historic drout are creating a tinderbox through much of the western region. the biggest wild fire is the so called rocky fire in lake county. it is so massive nasa satellites can pick up the smoke. the fire is still growing. more than 22,000 acres have burned there at last count and it's still just 5% contained. >> over the past several days we've seen the fire grow in my directions. y e yesterday, the fire grew rapidly. our number one priority today is the western portion of the fire which is currently threatening the community of clearlake, which has more than 6100 people or residents under advisory evacuations. >> well the rocky fire has already destroyed 14 homes and 16 out buildings. terrain is steep and rugged in
the air y where the fire is currently burning making the wattle even more difficult. much better news on another fire front. the rag fire, now 92% contained. firefighters have stopped the fire's progress and are now focusing on mop-up and patrol operations. the fires destroyed two out buildings and damaged four others as it began on july 2 thend. we continue our wild fire coverage on our nbc bay area app. we're going to be constantly up dating information there as well as on our digital platforms. a change in the weather could help firefighters in the front line, obviously. rob mayeda joining us now. >> we're seeing rand, interesting conditions. rain producing strong thubder storms and skaterred showers up on the coast. but around the fire there, still seeing t t e 90 degree temperatures. still pretty warm and cry a
little bit cooler to the south. once again, we'll see low clouds coming back inland. so this relatively speaking is some good news. especially for elevations below 2,000 feet. at least to the parts of the north bay. not reaching all the way up to clear lake, unforchew fatly. but this pattern which has started cool temperatures off, but the on shore winds will continue as we head towards tomorrow morning, eventually bringing in some low clouds good enough for a misty start around san francisco and the peninsula tomorrow moshing. we'll let you know in towards the middle of the week just how warm it will get in your microclimate forecast. >> all right, rob, sounds great. thank you so much. well, frightening moments today on a walnut creek strip mall when a woman hit a man with her truck.
walnut creek police say this happened about 10:00 this morning when a 65-year-old woman was pulling into a parking space. she accidentally hit the gas instead of brakes and slammed right into the front window of a dry cleaner. >> atempblted murder charges just after 11:30 last night. one man ran away. police say he pulled a gun and started firing. officers fired back at the suspected, carjacked a driver and then led police on a freway chase. witnesses say the driver hit speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour. >> this guy was shooting at the police and shots fired like three times. he hopped on 101, 28th i believe, 28th and santa clara. he gist started going crazy.
>> now, the suspect hit a car during that chase. two people were in the car were taken to the hopt. the suspect was treated for injuries not related to the gunfire. >> some say firefighters battle for hours to put out a massive house fire. one person is recovering from battle wounds. take a look at those flames. broke out about 3:00 this morning in east san jose. crews say it was a tough battle. >> coming up next at 5:00 a big clue, but still no answers. find out if the discovered plane wreckage on the remote island came from mh-370. we'll let you know. >> and is there an all-clear on the peninsula? new details on the water warning. so big it's bringing out international teams this year. >> police the police
airline is now in france where it will be analyzed. nbc is on reunion island with the latest on the investigation. >> that suspected fragment of mh-370 has now finally reached the laboratory in southwest france. there, on wednesday, specialists will begin to investigate it forensically to see whether the damage to it can yield any clues about this aviation mystery. the search operation is still going on nearly 4,000 miles away in the southern indian ocean. it could take another year before they eventually find the
submerged boeing 777. >> that piece of debris is not a game changer, but obviously, it's a significant find. the piece of debris and its location will be analyzed to make sure that we have assessed the search area correctly. >> this piece could yield clues to unlocking this great mystery. beech comers along the shores just around the corner from where i'm standing anything that has been found has been passed onto local police to be kept for investigators. >> a motorcycleist is dead after slamming into a car. police say the motorcyclist hit the car as the car was making a u-turn. officers fund the 22-year-old victim dead in the street. his name has not been released. >> a word of warning on the
peninsula is just about over. a water boil add viesz ri remains for just seven customers tonight. that's down from more than 800. advisory was issued last week but they say new test results show the contamination is ice late today a very, very small area. again, 7 customers. they'll notify the remaining customers when the advisory is lifted. >> hopefully, they each know who they are. san francisco police department played host today for one of the biggest motorcycle competitions of its kind. this year's skills competition brought out an international group of competitors in san francisco. and more than 50 officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the u.s. and mexico competed on timed obstacle courses. >> we are considered the superbowl of motor competitions. >> we're running out of the space for everybody. we're going to have to look for a bigger area to do it next
year. >> yeah, sounds like it. the winner for the third annual competition has not been announced just yet. >> we will let you know when we find out who's running that. >> yeah. >> still to come at 5:00, family fun in the sun. and it is free. >> we're going to tell you where to spend the rest of your weekend after the break.
festival of arts. >> attendees donated family friendly interstainment while some craft foods and gourmet foods. this year, their lemonade alley is where more than a dozen freemont nonprofits raised cash for community profits. >> we're excited to be here running lemonade alley. we've gathered a lot of great nonprofits. it's a great day for lemonade. >> it is, indeed. if you missed out on today's festivities, it starts upd again tomorrow at about 10:00 in the morning. the entire event is free to attend. we are also a proud sponsor of this event. >> close to 400,000 people go to that event. you didn't get a chance to see the poster. it was the one and only rob mayeta and his two pups. >> good. they were there. >> in a poster form. but you notice?
they were throwing a baseball at my face. weather was pretty nice today. should see some nice weather again tomorrow. close to 80 degrees in fremont. so yes, lemonade alley will be just perfect for sunday. right now, san jose, 79 degrees. clear looking down towards campbell there. a few white caps as the winds pick up for the afternoon. 73 with hazy skies. hazy skies looking west. so this was the view today. unlike yesterday, we had a lot more mid level moisture which kicked off some thunder and lightning. moisture heading off to wards the seeraa. the only real clouds we're seeing right now are the patches of low clouds off the coast. you see the moisture that was over yesterday. the upper level winds change out
of the west which keep most of the thunderstorms off through our east. during the day tomorrow a few passing high clouds. our temperatures looking nice. once we lose the low clouds and temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s, 70s around livermore and san jose. a little cool around the coast and bay. midday temperatures in the mid 60s. close to 80 as you go through the day toerm. we've got the san jose earthquakes hosting the portland timbers in town. 2:00 start to that game. should see temperatures close to 80 degrees. a mild weekend for us. but if you have friends or travel plans out towards hawaii,
a bit of a different storm. wednesday or thursday, could make a run which could mean some heavy rains and issues for travel towards the middle part of the week. for us we'll see warmer temperatures by the middle part of the week. high pressure builds back. temperatures are nice and comfortedble right now. maybe closing in on 90 degrees. out towards livermore in the middle part of the week. some mid 80s towards wednesday. there you see the north bay in trivalley. cool finish to the weekend, cooler start to the workweek. >> all right, rob. thank you so much. still to come at 5:00 a big win for a south bay little league team. >> we're going to tell you about the little league all stars new title and where they're headed next. if all goes well there, oh, look out.
first cecil . now perhaps, jericho. there are conflicting reports that the brother of a beloved lion who was hunted and ll first cecil and now perhaps jer skoal. there are conflicting reports that the lion's brother has also been shot dead. a hunter operating illegally gunned down jericho, the lion, today. but a researcher who tracks the animal by gps claims he is alive and he is moving. the government is still investigating. cecil killed by american dentist.
he claims he did not know the animal was protected. zimbabwe is demanding extradition from the u.s. to face charges. >> reportedly, be available next month. the web site buzz feed says that the set top tv box will reportedly feature greater storage and improved touch bad and also support for voice control. this will be the first new model of apple tell vix in three years. apple is not commenting so far. they were expected to unvail back in june but instead launched its music streaming service. just one, won the northern california champion ship. last week they beat fresno river park 11-0. >> that's amazing. >> the team plan is to go all the way to the little league world series. now, next weekend, they're headed to the western regional
where they are the hitting the field bright and early. >> we happen to be playing the first game of the tournament at 8:30 in the morning. so we kick things off, yeah. >> early to bed and early to rise and early to hit. >> that's the features to success. >> if all goes well we could be seeing the team compete on national television. >> yeah this is the little league world series that they're gunning for. and good luck. >> congratulations to them. coming up next this is the story we've been waiting for the whole show. a celebration at the san francisco zoo. we're going to show you what's making zoo keepers so proud of their youngest residents. k this out. with xfinity home we get 24/7 professional monitoring and video monitoring we can watch on our own tv. that's way better than our old security system. [metal clanking]
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>> zoo members got to name one of those penguins. the female aaron, they were both born in mid may. they came up with the name steve. night, state of emergency. the battle against wildfires in the west turns deadly with dozens of new blazes and thousands now in the fight as a dangerous heat waves sends temperatures soaring. double tragedy. just days after news that an american dentist killed a beloved lion, reports that his brother may also have been killed deadly waters. a hidden threat, old abandoned fishing nets still trapping and killing sea life. and in the running. as the political season heats up, we'll take you to the tiny town where the youth vote takes on a whole new meaning. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news