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a lot better by wednesday. >> and we will have more information on our website kpix.com. captioning sponsored by cbs >> ninan: the president in the fire zone. president trump visits the scene of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in california's history. >> nobody would have ever thought this could have happened. >> ninan: and the heartbreak of those who lost everything. >> oh, my god. it's my childhood right here. >> ninan: also tonight, dangerous air. health officials warn breathing smoke from the wildfires is like smoking half a pack of cigarettes. >> it's very bad. >> ninan: the president reveals he will deliver his written responses to mick mulvaney's questions next week, but will they meet face to face? >> we haven't even talked about it. >> ninan: the f.b.i. investigates an american woman's mysterious death
ship. did she fall or was she pushed? and they are at america's doorstep seeking asylum. will they be allowed in. >> reporter: you think your life is in danger. >> yes. >> ninan: good evening. i'm reena ninan. president trump saw for himself today the devastation left behind by the worst wildfire in california's history. the president visited a burned out mobile home park in the town of paradise. at another stop mr. trump told california's governor and governor-elect, congress is considering a new farm bill that includes half a billion dollars for forest management. the president believes poor forest management has contributeed to the intensity of california's fires. the camp fire in northern california has killed at least 71 people. it's unclear how many of the thousand unaccounted for have died. here's meg oliver. >> to see what's happened here, nobody would have ever thought this could have happened. so, the federal government is
behind you. we're all behind eep other. >> reporter: president trump came to the town of paradise, california, a town that has been leveled and incinerated by the camp fire. >> and i want great climate. we're going to have that, and we're going to have forests that are very safe, because we can't go through this every year. >> reporter: the president, meeting with california governor jerry brown, governor-elect, gavin newsom, and fire officials just hours after blame the devastation on poor forest management. >> we will be talking about forest management. i've been saying that for a long time. and this could have been a lot different situation. >> it's nothing. it looks like-- it looks like a bomb hit it. >> reporter: we came here with 36-year-old eric smith. paradise is his home town. do you see anything? >> i see i see devastation. it's gone. oh, my god. >> reporter: there was nothing left of smith's childhood home, except for this blue jeep standing out in the blackened landscape. eric was rescued by sheriffs
deputies. he doesn't know if his uncle, steve smith, is still alive. >> so i don't even recognize it. >> reporter: it's like a war zone. >> yeah. >> reporter: the camp fire has devastated northern california, burning through 148,000 acres. over twrefl,000 structures have been destroyed, and with only 55% containment, those numbers could rise. 71 people have been killed. more than 1,000 are unaccounted for. first responders continue the grim task of searching and sifting through smoky debris. as wildfires continue to ravage the golden state, the people here remain resilient. jiervetion born and raised here, and the people of paradise, they're all heart. >> reporter: burnt out scenes like this stretch for miles, and another high-fire danger is looming here tonight, which could spark a red flag warning, producing similar conditions that sparked this deadly camp fire. reena. >> ninan: hard news to hear. meg oliver, thank you very much. in southern california, the president is consoling victims
of two tragedies-- a mass shooting at a country bar, and a wildfire that erupted hours later. here's carter evans. >> reporter: reena, we're at the command post for the woolsey fire. now, this is the firestone that ripped through malibu and several other southern california communities, including thousand oaks. on air force one, the president was asked about his views on climate change, and he says the issue wasn't discussed with california officials, but he did say things are changing, and that they're "doing things about it." now, the president was joined by california governor jerry brown, governor-elect gavin newsom, and fema administrator brock long. together they toured some of the destruction on the ground in the malibu area. now, at this point, the woolsey fire is almost contained. authorities have confirmed the fire killed three people and destroyed more than 800 structures. this is a community that's dealing withug tragedies. the woolsey fire broke out the day after a lone gunman killed 12 people in the borderline bar, a country western bar in
thousand oaks. it was college night, and the bar was packed when 28-year-old ian long, a former marine, opened fire. now, throughout the last week, while evacuating from their homes and fighting the fire, this community's been trying to cope, holding memorials and funerals for the shooting victims. now, after the president gets a look at the burn area down here, he is expected to meet with the shooting victims and their families. reena. >> ninan: carter evans, thank you, carter. thick smoke is drifting hundreds of miles, making the air dangerous to breathe. in recent days, the air in california has been the dirtiest in the world. health officials say breathing it in is the same as smoking half a pack of cigarettes are's. >> reporter: for days now, residents of california have been living under a blanket of unhealthy, even hazardous, are plaguing major metropolitan areas like san francisco, 175 miles south of the devastating camp fire.
wildfire smoke contains a mixture of thousands of compounds, chemicals, gases, and tiny particles that can be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lung. complications from smoke exposure range from the mild, eye and respiratory, to bronchitis, and worsening of pre-existing hung and heart disease. children are also at risk, partly because they have smaller breathing passages that can be seriously compromised by even a little narrowing. but poor air quality impacts healthy people as well. officials recommend residents pay attention to air quality reports. when air quality is poor, stay indoors as much as possible with windows and doors closed, and f mskt'slyhrighnd, call n- osexr p100roperly fitted that can provide some protection. and reena, there are potential downsides. masks can increase the work of
breathing and might encourage people to go 250d more outdoor activity which, of course, can worsen exposure. >> ninan: dr. jon lapook, thank you. well, before flying to california today, the president spoke with reporters on the south lawn of the courthouse. among the topics, the mueller investigation, and the murder of "washington post" contributor jamal khashoggi. here's errol barnett. >> reporter: u.s. officials tell cbs news, the c.i.a. has intelligence indicating crown prince mohammed bin salman ordered the killing of jamal khashoggi. but the state department clarified that no final conclusion has been made. today, president trump was briefed on the subject by c.i.a. director gina haspel and secretary of state mike pompeo during his flight to california. >> as of this moment, we were told that he did not play a role. >> reporter: before that briefing, mr. trump defended his alliance with the kingdom. >> they have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development. and i also take that-- you know,
i'm president. i have to take a lot of things into consideration. >> reporter: 17 saudi nationals have been sanctioned by the u.s. government in response to the killing, but republican senator bob corker wants the administration to closely examine the crown prince's role. president trump also said today his written responsed to questions from the special counsel's team are complete and will be submitted in the coming days after his legal team reviews them. >> no, we do that next week. we haven't even talked about it. >> reporter: the methodical approach is the result of months of negotiations in which the president's legal team worked to narrow the focus of mueller's investigation. now, cbs news has learned that allegations of potential collusion with russia before the election were included in these written statements. but allegations of potential rob destruction of justice after the election were not part of those written answers.
reena. >> ninan: errol, we also know, before the president went to california, we addressed border security. what's the latest on that? >> that's right. he did. the president saying he is seeking $5 billion to help fund a southern border wall. we know that democrats are investmently against any border wall funding. should there be a showdown over the issue, president trump said that this is a very good time for a government shutdown. >> ninan: we certainly hope not. errol barnett from the white house. thank you very much. about 3,000 migrants from a central american caravan have reached mexico's border with southern california. thousands more are headed their way. the mayor of tijuana says that the city is preparing for an influx that could last more than x's john rr:ng to bring order out ofica ohundreds of migrants lined up outside its u.s. port of entry. recording their names in a book, determining who will be called next to cross the border and ask for asylum. so you put your name down in the
book? yeah. >> reporter: hanna rhoden has traveled more than 2,000 miles from guatemala. you think your life is in danger? >> yeah. >> reporter: if you go back to guatemala? >> yeah. >> reporter: but, you know, the president of the united states has said the people in this caravan are dangerous. mexican volunteers have organized this effort to keep hundreds from applying for asylum at once, but those whose names are on the list could wait weeks to face a u.s. mimigration officer. do you have any idea what will happen to them when they do reach the point of entry? >> if they're called, we're hopeful that, you know, their asylum cases will be processed. they'll be sent to detention centers, where they will possibly wait for weeks. >> reporter: they're going to go to a detention center. is that better than the situation they're in now? >> so if i's a few weeks in a terrible detention center, which it is torturous, and then life in united states, free from death threats, free from being coerced into gang activity, free
from being coerced into drug miewlz for gangs, for narco traffickers, yeah, that's ultimately a better life. >> reporter: the migrants are quickly discovering they may not be welcome in either the united states or mexico. there have been clashes between residents and migrant who set up camp where the border fence meets the pacific. to reduce tensions, hundreds of migrants were taken on buses to a sports complex. city officials hurredlily turned it into a shelter. what will tijuana do? >> open the door and we hope to give the resources we need to take more people. >> reporter: mexican officials admit they're worried about violence along the border, even as more migrants arrive here, carrying with them almost nothing but hope. john blackstone, cbs news, tijuana, mexico. >> ninan: well, the f.b.i. is investigating a mysterious death aboard a cruise ship as it headed to aruba. >> reporter: the caribbean cr c annd saturday,
with the royal princess back in south florida and vacationers no closer to answers surrounding the tragic death of their fellow passenger. >> i'm shocked, yes, that it happened on the ship i was on. you felt bad for the-- the victim, obviously. >> reporter: the 52-year-old american woman died tuesday morning after reportedly plunging from the upper deck on to a life boat below. it happened while the boat was out at sea. the princess cruiseeft fort lauderdale on november 9 for a seven-day journey that include a stop in aruba. passengers say a security announcement was broadcast directly into cabins regarding a serious incident, and later they saw aruban authorities make their way aboard the ship. >> it was a rude awakening at 4:00. it bothered me a lot. i never got back it sleep that night. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the prosecutor in aruba, says an autopsy was performed there as investigators combed the ship before it returned to sea. >> we feel bad for the family. it's a human life lost. >> reporter: authorities also
told us the victim's husband stayed in aruba voluntarily and is not considered a suspect. reena, still a lot of unanswered questions tonight. >> ninan: certainly there, yes. thank you very much, kenneth craig. coming up next, we visit a community still struggling more than five weeks after a hurricane.
>> ninan: more than five weeks after hurricane michael slammed the florida panhandle, some people are still living in tents and under tarp. s can vill was there when the storm hit, and he returned this past week to give us an update. >> reporter: when hurricane michael made landfall in mexico beach, florida, last month, the 155-mile-per-hour winds and more than 10-foot storm surge destroyed the resort town. this is what mexico beach looked like after the storm hit. and these pictures are from this week. just up the coast in panama city, cleanup is still under way. mayor greg brudniki says less than half of the debris has been
picked up. do you still need help? >> you betcha we need help. >> how many, just one? >> reporter: even the city workers helping with recovery are still rebuilding their own lives. >> well, water leaks, and the whole roof fell. >> reporter: jorge del valle, adrien latorre, and alan forbes are all working for the city while living in a hotel. their homes were destroyed. jorge lost all of his possessions in hurricane michael. but his family barely survived. jorge, your kids keep you going. >> yeah, we're survivors. we can-- we can go back now. >> reporter: we found more than 100 others living in this makeshift tent city outside of a church, struggling to get back to normal. for some of these people that we've talked to, everything they own is in or outside of the tent covered in tarps, and some people have been here since the day after the storm. the federal emergency management agency has been placing people in shelters and hotels, but so far, haven't brought in any
trailers. did you expect fema to have trailers here already? >> well, yes, okay, because i expected them to move as quickly as we move. >> reporter: spokeswoman renee bafalis says the agency is not stretched too thin. do you have enough workers on the ground here to facilitate these folks' requests? >> whatever the demand is, we will have enough units to be able to serve these communities. >> reporter: but this recovery will take one thing that many people in need don't have-- time. omar villafranca, panama city, florida. >> ninan: coming up, rising fuel prices and deadly protests.
was block the road. dozens were injured in demonstrations across the country. fuel prices in france are being driven up by taxes aimed at reducing pollution. a lawyer for julian assange warns the wikileaks founder will put up a legal battle to block his extradition to the united states. it was inadvertent revealed in court papers this past week that assange is facing charges in the u.s. under a sealed indictment. he's currently holed up in the ecuadorian embassy in london. sunday is the deadline for florida's 67 counties to report the results of their final hand recounts in the u.s. senate. a machine recount this past week showed republican rick scott ahead of the democratic incumbent bill nelson. still ahead, a major recall on rawury meat. what you can do to avoid potential health problems.
tirk, 90,000 pounds, potentially contaminated with salmonella. the packages have "use by" dates from early october but could be in people's freezers. hilary lane now with steps that you can take to avoid food poisoning. >> reporter: in the past year, hundreds of cases of salmonella have been linked to raw turkey products. the c.d.c. reports 164 illnesses in 35 states, including one death in california. and about half of those sickened have been hospitalized. >> most people get sick between 12 and 72 hours after coming into contact with salmonella bacteria. most people will get diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever. >> reporter: salmonella has been detected in ground turkey, raw turkey pet food, and live turkeys, an indication the bacteria is widespread in the turkey industry. a common supplier has not been identified. experts are reminding everyone to be careful while handling raw turkey in the kitchen. that begins by thawing in the
refrigerator, and not on the counter. >> we really wanted to make sure that people are washing their hands after handling raw turkey, making sure that people are cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. if you cook turkey to the internal temperature of 165 degrees, this strain of salmonella should die. >> reporter: and that goes for leftovers, too. they should also be reheated to 165. hilary lane, cbs news, new york. >> ninan: well, when we return, as his neighbors fight a wildfire, he stayed behind to save their homes.
>> ninan: finally tonight, when disasters strike, it's good to have neighbors, like the man you're about to meet. he's one of the many heroes of a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in southern california. here again carter evans. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: as the fire storm raged into their calabasas neighborhood... >> it was just walls of fire coming right at us.
>> reporter: what was that like? >> it was awful. reporter: melad and her longtime neighbor tina leeney knew they had to leave fast. >> when i pulled out of the driveway, i thought our house was gone. it was definitely hellacious. it was nothing we've ever experienced before. >> reporter: and when were the firefighters? >> there weren't any firefighter here's. but i knew at least we had allen still. >> reporter: allen nelson assured his neighbors he would stay and try to save their homes with one hose. were you scared with your life? >> yeah, yeah, absolutely. >> reporter: it was the last stand. the embers are flying through the air, and you've got this garden hose. was there ever a point where you thought, "i'm outnumbered here?" >> it felt like everything was-- was-- like i'm an idiot for being up here. but if it came to it again, i would do the exact same thing because i really do feel like if-- if those houses caught-- and they would have-- it could have been 20 more, 30 more homes that have gone. >> tina.
oh, praisethe lord! >> reporter: as she returned, melanie was shocked to find their homes still intact, and allen still on the roof with his hose. do you think he saved your home? >> oh, 100%, 100%. yes. and tina's. >> he's my hero. >> reporter: in the aftermath, there is devastation all around, but amid the ruins are the lives uninterrupted. >> very lucky, very thankful, very grateful. and, you know, i love that we have the neighbors that we have and we have each other's backs and we look out for each other. >> reporter: it's a friendship that burns bright. carter evans, cbs news, calabasas, california. >> ninan: and our thoughts are certainly with everyone out west as they battle these wildfires. well, that will do it for us for the cbs weekend news this saturday. later on cbs, "48 hours." for more news any time, go to cbsn arct cbs news.com, or download the cbs news app. i'
this is kpix live news. >> the federal government is behind you, we are all behind you. this is very sad to see. >> president trump promising help for fire victims after seeing the devastation for himself. but tonight he is not backing down. he is blaming poor forest management for starting the disaster. >> meanwhile, thousands of people that have lost everything continue to camp out in cars and tents as rescuers desperately dig through the rubble for the missing's. for the 10th day in a row, the bay area is choking under a thick blanket of smoke. >> we are keeping a close eye on the air quality. you would never imagine that almost a quarter of reporting
agencies have unhelpful levels of pollutants is good news, but it is because it is significantly better than yesterday. we will have the details in a few minutes. we also have a 36 hour smoke forecast on the bottom of the right-hand corner of your screen. the darker the color, the worse it will be. more on air quality in the moment. but first, we want to get to president trump's visit to the fire zone. kpix 5 was the only news organizations to capture his motorcade as it pulled into what remains of the town of paradise. he surveyed the damage with the incoming and outgoing governors of california. >> reporter: it is been over a week since the campfire started. the people that are were evacuated from their homes, it has been a long week of uncertainty. but the people that we spoke to here at