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risking their lives... the moments after the wildfires the race to evacuate. new video of sheriff deputies risk their lives. good evening i'm ken bastita. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm alan martin live in santa rosa off of redwood highway east of 101. they believe this is one of those neighborhoods that was inundated in that fire. in 70-mile an hour winds it blew growing burning embers all across this neighborhood before people even knew what hit them. we've been watching that flag that's been put up by the homeowner who did get to come back and sift through the
remains of what was their home. and let me tell you it looks like that block after block. right now the number of dead is up to at least 35. more than 250 others are still unaccounted for. the fires in six counties have burned more than 212,000 acres. and that is more land than all of new york city. and at least 5,700 homes and businesses are destroyed. now tonight, we are getting a dramatic look at what first responders were facing in the minutes after the fire erupted in this very neighborhood. kpix5's andrea borba is here with that. andrea. >> reporter: well allen the body camera video you're about to see was shot in the hills above the neighborhood where we're standing tonight. it was shot during the first four hours of sunday's fire storm. the first thing you hear on sergeant brandon cuttings body
camera is the wind. driving the tubs fire along moss springs road in santa rosa on sunday night. as the sonoma county firefighter goes door to door trying to save people from the unstoppable flames. >> where are you at? >> reporter: even help ago woman who couldn't walk. >> come on, she's disabled. >> let me get her feet. let me get her feet. >> her husband is right behind you. >> sheriff, we're doing a carry out. >> hold up, hold up, hold up. hold up. there's a house on fire. >> come on, you have to get her out. you have to get her out. >> okay hold on. there we go. >> watch your leg, watch your leg, watch your leg. watch your leg, watch your leg. >> sir, you have to go.
>> reporter: you can hear him coughing from the smoke, all as the orange glow of flames is just beyond his cruiser. >> i'm off redwood hill. >> reporter: for hours, 15 sonoma county deputies tried to get people safety off of northwest crater. dodging flying embers. and walls of flames in the process. >> don't hit me. [ bleep ] we have to get out of here. we're in a bad spot. >> reporter: eventually it became too difficult to get out of cruiser. >> this is a mandatory evacuation order.
leave your homes. >> go, go. go, go, go, go, go. drive. go. >> reporter: now sheriff giordano here says part of the reason he released this body camera video was because people keep asking why evacuation orders have not been lifted yet. he says until the winds calm down. until these fires are better contained he doesn't want to risk anyone going through what his deputies went through saturday night. >> if there's any proof of the difficult out there, that was
one. kpix katie niels new -- nielson is there tonight. >> right in the jackson family vineyards if you take a look behind me you can see flames just beyond where we're standing. the winds have just picked up within the last five or 10 minutes and that's when we started to see these flames pick up as well. that is what calfire is worried about. this fire right now 11,000 acres and only 5% contained. if the winds continue to blow strong tonight, that could push this fire straight down into hieldsburg. this is why this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it's also their top priority. >> an orange glow floods the hills above geyserville as the pocket fire continues its relentless march toward town.
heavy chinook hospitals doused the flames with two to 3,000- gallons of water per drop. >> the aircraft is a vital tool. inaccessible tools. >> reporter: the aircraft are done for the night and now the bulldozers are working the night shift. trying to clear brush and cut a fire line that will hold. >> this area is rugged terrain. there's a heavy fuel head. grasses, we have oak trees. we have timber. it's all very volatile. very dry. >> reporter: the big concern is the winds pick up. embers could fly across those fire lines start new spot fires behind firefighters and this fire could race toward town. >> our property skip stone is really sort of in between two fires at the moment. if there's any significant amount of wind coming from the north or the south i think that's really my worry tonight.
>> reporter: tom and sreupb guards are under mandatory evacuation orders. his wife and kids already packed for the house and left for palo alto. he says he's staying through the night to watch over his grapes. still in disbelief, at the massive fires closing in around him. >> nothing like this. this is, this is just surreal. >> we can still see some of those flames up on the ridge line. that's why right now the bulldozers that were up in the hills right near the pocket fire have actually been sent across to the other size of geyser road. calfire wants them to start cutting lines just in case this fire does jump the lines that they cut earlier tonight. they want another set of fire lines to protect and prepare the city of hieldsburg, with the winds starting to pick up that's exactly where this fire is heading. calfire says that's another reason why people need to heed those mandatory evacuations.
allen, back to you. >> absolutely. all right katie nielson thanks so much. and diane feinstein and camela harris will tour the area tomorrow. the state has secured money to help people who have lost their homes. we have been watching this flag as a wind vein, wind indicator. once in a while you will see the winds. we have to keep an eye on these winds because if we don't, it could be a disaster. we want to turn now to chief meteorologist paul diano with more. >> all the computer models
suggest 3:00 in the morning. a few hours from now when the wind is going to begin to pick up. the red flag warning does call for sustained winds 20 to 30- miles-per-hour with wind gusts as high as 40 to 50 miles per hour. since it's coming from the north it'll be humid. that's not a big deal. petaluma4miles per hour. hieldsburg 13. look what happens by 3:00 in the morning they're howling. 34miles per hour in caldistoga. staying elevated well past until around lunchtime tomorrow. it's a surge. it's a burst of strong winds in the north bay. in hieldsburg for the fire 15 to 30 miles per hour with wind gusts as high as 13 miles per hour. air quality tomorrow since these winds are coming from the north pushing the storm south. it'll be another bad one.
unhealthy to very unhealthy. there's a huge change in the extended forecast which if verified may put these fires out. details coming up. >> good news. thank you. a heartbreaking search is under way for those who may not make it out before the fire swept through. dal lin was at the scene with firefighters. >> reporter: firefighters are going to addresses of missing people. earlier today they found some bone fragments. search and rescue crews found
the remains on a bed. they presume that the person was asleep or resting. searchers were specifically checking two known addresses of two missing people. they're still going through the home of the second person. >> our high probability area will be the bedroom. if we can identify the bedrooms first we will search those bedrooms and we will work our way toward the house. >> reporter: crews went through every part of the targeted homes even lifting up collapsed roofs. cadaver dogs then went through the debris to sniff for human remains. hundreds of people lived at this mobile home park. many were seniors living by themselves. >> we only have two deaths here we'll be very fortunate and very thankful. >> reporter: these folks lived at this house at one point before it burned down. they're helping guiding the firefighters through the search right now. once these search and rescue folks have gone through these known address, they'll go back to these communities to do a
full sweep. in santa rosa, i'm da lin, kpix5. now the fires are taking a toll on pg & e. nerves are rattled again. tonight the northern california county rattled by an earthquake. >> because of all the bad air we found security guards playing defense. we'll explain. ♪ hey grandpa. hey, kid. really good to see you. you too. you tell grandma you were going fishing again? maybe. (vo) the best things in life keep going. that's why i got a subaru, too. introducing the all-new crosstrek.
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mcarthur streets. this is not a mandatory evacuation. people are urged though to voluntarily evacuate. in the meantime, we have a little bit of bad news tonight. some evacuees were allowed to return home. mandatory evacuation orders were lifted in parts of north western santa rosa. one man showed us his home was untouched. his neighbors yard was torched. we also caught sight of pg & e crews working tonight. they're working very hard but there's still more than 23,000 people without electricity in napa and sonoma counties. but 91% of customers have now had their power restored. and as investigators try to zero in on the cause of this fire. they are taking a close look at pg & e and the power lines. kpix5's kristin ahres has been looking at that part of the story for us. >> reporter: tonight 20 investigators are trying to figure out how these fires started and at least some of
the questions are centered around pg & e. >> reporter: tonight pg & e crews are doing the slow but steady work of restoring powers to wine country. >> in sonoma county alone we had 20 cause and origin investigators. >> reporter: the work to find a cause of the fire has been started. there are indications it may have been electrical from 911 calls overnight as the fire sparked. >> rincon valley electrical investigation. possible transformer explosion. fulton road at old redwood highway. >> reporter: so far, investigators are not pointing fingers at pg & e but they have
ordered several communication companies to keep records. in an fcc filing today, pg & e admitted they can only in their -- account. pg & e said they're cooperating with the public utilities commission and calfire. allen, back to you. >> kristin, thanks so much. tonight now the economic toll is certainly starting to add up. insures estimate the damage could reach $6 billion. ken and liz it's not going to be a quick process either. besides being very expensive trying to find contractors. building materials you know the
hurricanes in texas and in florida things are stressed right now. this is going to be a really tough rebuild. >> thank you. >> first responders got a standing ovation at a town hall meeting in sonoma county tonight. for all the work they've been doing. risking their lives in the front lines. the captain says with winds picking up tonight, firefighters face a new challenge. >> we've been extinguishing hot spots mopping up. in places that there's not so much active fire but in this wind and ember that established line could cause the fire to grow. it's really going to test the line and crews tonight are going to stay aware and stay vigilant. >> as the fire spread earlier this week the washington postreporting lake county was the only one that sent a mass
cell phone alert to its residents. i.c.e. is freezing its operations in the fire zone. immigration officials say they're not going to detain anyone at evacuation sites, shelters or food banks. in a statement, ice said the only time it's going to pick someone up is in the event of a serious criminal presenting a public safety threat. it's unclear how long that suspension is going to last. >> fire ravaged mendecino county, quake rattled nerves once again this afternoon. this one struck just after 4:00 p.m. kpix5 emily turner felt it. >> it's epicenter was just 12 minutes away from ukiah and we felt it shake as did so many
people did. >> tonight the death toll from the fires in mendecino county is up to eight individuals and authorities expect that to climb. right now law enforcement is getting help from the national guard and from agencies outside the area to monitor the evacuation zones. they want to make sure that evacuated areas are clear of looters and make sure that people stay safe. >> unhealthy air is plaguing much of the bay area but as kpix5 sharon chin reports it did not stop cal's football team from hosting washington state tonight. >> reporter: for cal it wasn't all about the blue and gold tonight it was also about the smoky and gray. some security guards are wearing masks a defense against an airborne opponent. >> i'm having a hard time. i'm having a hard time but i'll get through it. i'll get through it. >> how about the players playing in this. >> i hope they have some good lungs. >> the cal bears said they would monitor the air quality
during the game against washington state. if the air got a lot worse, play would stop temporarily until conditions improve. like a lightning delay. this couple came to cheer their team from behind their masks. >> well i'm not happy about it. but we're here. >> what would you have said. >> same as the high school they should be playing. >> reporter: the ncaa science institute says it's not safe to play when the air quality index is over 200. it was 154 in the middle of the afternoon. still unhealthy. >> my throat starts hurting and everything. the players have more stamina than anybody else does. >> reporter: in the last few days it's gotten easier to breathe during the evening hours and air quality breathing have dropped in berkeley into the 60s to 90s a moderate range. >> how oes ao air now compared to how it was earlier -- how's is the air now compared to how
it was earlier. >> reporter: still scheduled tomorrow night at the farm. and the oakland raiders and los angeles chargers game is still on in oakland. the air quality continue to improve tonight hovering in the moderate range. in berkeley, sharon kpix5. >> limit the outdoor exposure if you can until we get better air quality which likely will arrive as soon as mondays or tuesday. it is 3:00 to 4:00 in the morning when we do expect winds to pick up. it's almost eeriely calm in the north bay right now. this is the forecast, 3-1/2 hours from now. 27-miles-per-hour in napa. got a little ironic it's going
to drop to 42 degrees in santa rosa. another cold one out there as they fight numerous wildfires in the north bay, oakland tonight 52. mountain view 51. very unhealthy with the santa clara conty in jo being the exception, we'll see minimal improvement on monday. i think we'll see a lot of improvement. plan on smoke and haze. but also the raiders game tomorrow. excuse me, sunday kpix warm, smoky hazy as we host the chargers 79 degrees. a persistent area of low pressure. remember counter clock wise around it giving us a north to south wind getting stronger. far northern california and heading toward us. it's almost like a boundary moving through once again devoid of any rainfall but it will give us a wind direction change. and also give us a strong wind change. wind gust up to 60 miles per hour overnight but at lunchtime
it's done. it's gone. and then more favorable conditions. wouldn't it be nice if we could get a soaking rainfall in here. next friday, 9:00 in the morning now predicting more than an inch of rainfall. if this verifies it would put the fires out. let's hope and pray that does happen. that certainly is promising. tomorrow smoky. 84 in napa. 71 in san francisco. we'll stay smoky through sunday and monday. the ocean breeze returns. better air quality tuesday. there it is. thursday and friday rain looks promising. that would just be absolutely perfect news. >> bring it on. winter storms destroyed this bridge and cut off big sur. but tonight the town is back in business. e someone that you see all the time. someone like, i dunno, me? i mean i always spell your name right
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