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us. >> he'll do a great job ask will be fine. thanks for joining us. >> welcome to "world news." tonight red hot massive wildfires, and our reporter is there with the firefighters in the massive heat. families breaking out garden hoses. can they keep the flames from their homes? we are with them tonight. firing back. former president bill clinton on the takes on hillary clinton's big critics. who raised questions about her health. >> as far as i can tell she's in better shape than i am. are you driving on unsafe tires tonight. millions of tires could be on the road. brian ross with the warning. and super cat. watch the little boy rescued from an angry dog by a flying fur ball who charges in to save the day.
a good evening to you on this wednesday night as we come on the air. 17 million people in two states have been given an urgent red flag warning about the risk of fire where they live. some families are taking the wreckage and others fighting the fire with the garden hoses. for some, look and listen. that is the war of a wildfire outside san diego and that is where we find cecilia vega. >> reporter: good evening to you. what a day it has been. the firefighters just put the fire out at this house here. this is a battle they did not win. take a look at this. smoke smoldering. flames in the back. what these firefighters are up against extremely hot temperatures. really high gust of winds making for a treacherous day to fight a fire. the golden state ablaze.
>> oh my god, oh my god. >> reporter: is carlsbad, california, firefighters and the people whose homes they are trying to save, on the losing end of a raging battle. >> i have been doing this 35 years and this is some of the most radical fire fighting i have seen. >> reporter: the skies here, apocalyptic. 15,000 evacuation notices issued. >> reporter: you can see this brush going up in seconds. in fact, i think -- let's go. we should get out of here, guys it's not safe. >> reporter: listen to the whipping wind. a firefighters worst enemy. the crews can't keep up. >> reporter: this is what we're dealing with. these flames keep shooting up. and the fires creating sights like this smoke that seem to defy physics. in a single day in a 50 mile radius, three major southern california fires burning fueled by record-breaking heat. from the air you can see the
smoke including a fast moving brush fire forcing evacuations on camp pendleton. the largest marine training facility on the west coast. and scatterings of smaller fires. the major freeway shut down as crews rushed to put out sparks from a truck. in long beach, palm trees burning. residents dumping water from pools to put out flames. further south in san diego where nearly 1,600 acres went up in flames. homeowners returning and on high alert. firefighters in their back yards. as they continue to battle hot spots. >> reporter: the biggest challenge is what? >> the wind and the high pressure system. it's not typical for this time of year. but the fires are all year round in southern california. >> reporter: this is what we're seeing a field completely torched. burned land as far as the eye can see. take a look. this house completely destroyed.
this was the garage. this is what i want you to see. the home right next door to it. completely unscathed. that's what this fire did. hot spots jumping from house to house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood. the owner of this home telling me he is lucky he made it out alive. >> a lot of brave firefighters tonight. thank you. now big news overseas in turkey where grief and furry are combined. at least 274 miners have died and hundreds more missing. abc is there to take us inside a desperate search for survivors beneath the earth. >> reporter: the anguished faces of the families and friends of the miners pressed up against a chain link fence, yearning for a glimmer of hope. in the crowd, 30-year-old ilyas yurekli told us he has several friends in the mine below but said he still hasn't lost hope they'll be found alive. cameras beneath the surface show
rescuers slowly making their way in their search as tonight we learn more about how this tragedy happened. the almost 800 men were underground more than usual because of a shift change, many of them almost 1400 feet deep, when an electrical failure caused an explosion and sparked a fire. most died from carbon monoxide poisoning, other unable to escape in the mine's elevators as the gas spread. tonight with more than 270 dead this is now the world's worst mining disaster in nearly 40 years. violent protests erupted today against the mining company and the government. the white house is offering assistance to turkey. no survives being pulled to safety since this morning, the outlook is looking bleak. the dozens of miners are still unknown. >> a tragic story. thank you so much. now back here at home. a kind of counter point today about former secretary of state
hillary clinton and insinuation by a republican about her health. today her husband, the former president fired back at republican player carl rove. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tells us about it. >> reporter: hillary clinton was all smiles today, ignoring her political opponent and leaves it to her husband to take on carl rogue who had suggested mrs. clinton may have a serious brain injury. >> now they say she has brain damage. if she does, then i must be in tough shape. because she's still quicker than i am. >> reporter: he has accused mrs. clinton of hiding the extent of her health trouble. >> i didn't say she had brain damage. she had a serious health episode. this will be an issue in the 2014 race whether she likes it or not. >> reporter: this much is not in dispute. mrs. clinton was not seen in public for nearly a month as secretary of state beginning in december of 2012 when she suffered from a virus, a
concussion caused by a fall and a blood clot. at the time the clinton team downplayed her condition. >> she is still under the weather. she does not have a public schedule today. >> reporter: they did not reveal she suffered from a concussion until days after. when she returned to work she had special glasses. to deal with double vision. she acknowledged she had not fully recovered yet. >> i still have lingering effects. the doctors tell me that will recede. >> reporter: now the spokesman said she has 100% recovered and 100% healthy. she is about to be out in public in a big way, diane. she has a book coming out next month. you can expect a national book tour that will look like a presidential campaign. >> thank you. tonight we have word that the national transportation safety board has launched a major investigation into tire safety. an issue brian ross has been tracking for years. tires that were supposed to be taken off the road that could be a time bomb for the family car.
what if your tires are older than you know? ryan joined forces with abc stations across the country to bring us this undercover investigation. despite a series of recalls, there could be millions of unsafe tires still on the road. that's what alabama business executive discovered. too late. paralyzed for life after mechanics installed a recalled tire that one week later blew apart after losing its tread. >> like a popping sound. >> reporter: in florida an undetected recalled tire is blamed by families for the accident earlier this year that killed two church leaders. as these test videos show, even skilled drivers knowing they are about to lose a tire can't keep control when it happens. and now our abc news investigation found that a badly flawed government recall system
has kept motorists and retailers in the dark about a hidden danger. >> there's supposed to be a process in place to make sure they know. in many cases they don't. >> reporter: they're still being sold. reporters at kgo tv were able to buy these tires under recall from last year for a dangerous defect. >> afternoon. >> reporter: in atlanta reporters at wsb tv bought one of the firestone tires recalled 14 years ago after dozens of deaths. >> it's not one of those recalls, is it? >> no. >> reporter: the store manager said he did not know the tire had been recalled. but even the tire industry concedes it is a problem. >> we don't want to see recalled tires sold yet they are. >> yet they are. >> reporter: in addition to recalled tires our investigation also found tires for sale as much as 15 years old. there is no legal age limit. but the auto make irs recommend tires older than 6 years should be replaced. for consumers to find out how
old they are they have to crack a code the tire industry uses showing the production date and these four digits. not month and year, but week and year. >> that's the date code for the 13th week of 2003. >> reporter: the tire industry says it thinks it's that easy for consumers to read. they say there's no evidence tires present a danger. now the new federal investigation will look into that and we'll know in about a year. >> thank you, brian. now, we head tonight to the hallowed ground of memory and renewal right here in new york. the new world trade center piercing the new york sky line and the new september 11th memorial museum where you walk into all the disbelief and horror. the time capsule of that day america will never forget. the museum opens tomorrow. tonight a preview as abc's david muir takes us inside with him. david. >> reporter: diane, good evening
and what you are looking at is the last column that became, as you remember, such a symbol of the first responders who raced to the scene in the days and weeks that followed. the numbers sprayed onto the side of the column representing those who were lost. as we walked down into the museum the time on the wall -- 8:30 a.m. when it was still a beautiful morning. then everything changed. this was good morning america shortly after the first plane hit. >> there's been some sort of explosion at the world trade center. obviously a major fire there. >> reporter: as you begin to descend seven stories below ground, the first thing you hear, the voices. >> on september 11th. >> reporter: everyday americans remembering where they were, their words lighting up the walls. >> we were in a meeting when someone barged in and said, oh my god. >> reporter: minute by minute, it is tracked on a map. those flights, the moment they turn, when the hijackers take control. and as you walk through the
museum, beside right there, the survivor stairs. >> literally hundreds of people used this staircase as an escape route on 9/11 when the attacks were taking place. >> running down these stairs to safety was a lifeline. >> reporter: the stairs weighed 58 tons. -- the entire museum built around them. and around the corner, big red -- the fire truck, ladder three. so many remember their brave captain, paddy brown. >> i'm on the 35th floor, just relay to the command post. we're trying to get up. >> reporter: the captain and 10 of his men, lost. there is the bike rack here, the bicycles, still covered in dust. all of the planes remembered here. these are parts from flight 77 pulled from the pentagon. there was this clock frozen at 9:37. a melted rolodex. someone's phone. we discovered a watch in the field in shanksville, pennsylvania it was todd beamers, one of the heroes who took back that flight. on his watch, the date, the
11th. and there is florence jones too who barely escaped. the south tower. she took off her shoes to get out faster. she once told world news she had them in a box under her bed. now, she's giving her shoes to the museum. howard lutnick who lost his brother and more than 650 employees at canter fitzgerald. the only reason he wasn't there. it was his son's first day of kindergarten. >> so my wife and i took that first picture right outside of his school. >> reporter: his son now graduating high school. and the commander who saw and listened to what was said. >> it's difficult in america right now. your city still looks great from up here. >> reporter: it's stunning what they have been able to preserve here. what you're looking at is one of the original retaining walls around the entire world trade center site, around both of those towers.
the president will be in this room tomorrow to honor the lives lost and to mark the resiliency of this country so many years later. diane. >> thank you so much, david. we want you to join us tomorrow for the dedication of the museum. abc news will carry it live at 10:10 a.m. and we should mention that david took photos inside the museum and you can see them on our website as a kind of tour just for you. up next here tonight, lightning strikes an suv on the highway. a dramatic scene. and the child saved from the neighborhood dog when his cat becomes a tiger because of love. when we come back. how much money do you think you'll need when you retire? then we gave each person a ribbon to show how many years that amount might last. i was trying to, like, pull it a little further. [ woman ] got me to 70 years old. i'm going to have to rethink this thing. it's hard to imagine how much we'll need
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the home security cameras rolling as dog grabbed boy. and a cat came to the rescue. that's right. cat!. watch closely. that black flash on the ride side of the frame is jeremy's kitty cat tara, pouncing on the pooch. chasing him off. saving little jeremy. >> reporter: until you looked at the tape, you didn't know the cat was involved? >> no. we both kind of gasped and were like holy cow! >> reporter: the cat adopted the couple five years ago, following them home from the park one day. when jeremy was a newborn, she'd climb into his crib and curl up beside him. an unusual bond for a creature that by nature, tends to be fairly aloof. >> but to have her with no regard for her own life, fly at the dog to protect him. i've never seen anything like that. >> this was round one of the kitty cat, huh? >> reporter: jeremy had some stitches from the dog bite. but he'll be just fine, thanks to tara. >> my hero.
>> reporter: david wright, abc news. california. >> hero for sure. we thank you for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com, "nightline" later. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. good night. tonight an updated live report from a fire where dozens of homes have burned. >> and it looks like warriors owner just landed a dream coach. information that came out now, indicating the man supposedly said no just said yes. >> and a startling discovery as part of an investigation into
tire safety. >> relief is on the horizon tonight. here is a live picture of ocean beach. two days of heat, it's ready now to move in, bringing us nice cooler weather. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> so just hang in there. it's almost over. a heat advisory for the bay area will expire and in days, temperatures peaked at more than 100 degrees today heat records shattered throughout the bay area. >> two days of highs around the bay area here is live doppler seven hd. sunny skies.
san rafael tied records for this date. oakland set new record highs for the date. it's been a hot day but things about to change. taking a look at winds they're beginning to shift. there is a cooling breeze going to drop temperatures along the coastline. some relieve a little later >> with temperatures like this keeping cool is a challenge. especially if you have no choice but to be out in the heat. nick smith is live at walnut creek today. nick? >> it's kissed 100, just like that. almost a kiss. i was speaking to some earlier they say we're staying hydrateed and love it
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