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north bay wildfires. more evacuations in napa, sonoma and solano counties as fires there continue to rage. >> we'll show you this map right now. the areas highlighted in red are under mandatory evacuation orders. they include the entire city of calistoga, parts of geyserville along highway 128 and northeast of the russian river as well as the northeast corner of sonoma. here are some of the newest evacuation advisories issued overnight. in napa people east of silverado trail, soscol avenue, highway 221, highway 29 and north of jameson canyon road. >> palomino lakes as well as parts of windsor and healdsburg. north of james canyon road, i-80 and suisun valley road. there's a detailed list on our website and also on the abc 7 news app. >> a lot of those areas, including ones near the city of sonoma are heavily populated so
we're very concerned about those folks. good morning to you, it is 5:00 a.m. team coverage on the evacuations. jessica castro and matt keller are live in sonoma and napa counties and we'll talk to them in just a few minutes. >> let's start first with mike nicco. >> i'm hearing reports from friends and friends' co-workers that they're moving in with other people and not waiting to be evacuated so that might be a good move. some of it is to get away from the air quality, the other is they're too close. they can see the glow of what they said is hell rising in the north bay, the way it turns the night orange. that's their words but it does make a good description. so gusty winds continue in the same areas until about 5:00 and so does the red flag warning. once that passes we're out of the woods at least for about another 24 hours. here's a quick look at your 12-hour day planner. waking up to temperatures in the low 40s and 50s. 60s near the coast, 70 around the bay and 70 to 74 inland with hazy sunshine and lighter breezes as we head into the afternoon hours. good news there.
let's see what alexis has. >> we're starting to see some of that haze on our traffic cameras already this morning. here's a live look at the bay bridge camera. if you look under the street lamp, that is not fog, that is smoke. so once again we've got a spare the air day. spare the air alert extended through sunday. westbound 580 tracy to dublin, slight delays there. you're up to 42 minutes in the yellow. westbound 4, antioch to concord, 15 minutes and 101 san rafael to san francisco you're in the green at 16 minutes. this morning firefighters continue to ballottle near a do wildfires in the north bay. >> the biggest is the atlas fire that's grown to more than 42,000 acres. just 3% contained. the tubbs fire in santa rosa has charred more than 27,000 acres. the redwood potter fires have scorched 30,000 acres. at least 23 people have been killed in those fires.
in santa rosa, a new alert. the city is warning people to be ready for a possible evacuation. >> this advisory came down last night and covers the area that we are going to show you right now if we can. there it is. it's the gold area on your screen. it latest from santa rosa. jessica. >> reporter: good morning, reggie. yes, the sonoma county fairgrounds becoming the central command station for four different fires in this area. i want to bring in the public information officer. paul, can you tell us the latest on what's happening here today? >> absolutely. this morning we will be taking over the nons and adobe fires so we're handling the entire complex. the pocket, tubbs, adobe and nuns fires. we anticipated dealing with some
very strong winds. the wind picked up yesterday and then fizzled out late in the afternoon. the winds that we expected to materialize overnight never really did at the surface level. the humidity shot way up, it's cold this morning, and the fire has pretty much laid down throughout the complex itself. the only activity we actually heard that was any substantial note was on the very north end of the tubbs fire. it did make some progress up highway 29 towards lake county at this point in time. >> reporter: so can you talk to us, in light of that, the winds that didn't materialize overnight, we did hear that there are advisories for parts of santa rosa. can you talk about those? >> we anticipated originally a pretty significant north wind event again with that. there were some concerns with it being able to push back into the city limits or further into the city limits so we issued some advisories from mendocino avenue
all the way out to fourth farmers highway 12. at this point in time all that stuff will be reevaluated. like i said, it was just an advisory, but we continue to evaluate all of our advisories based on the needs and conditions. >> reporter: okay, thank you for the update. so good news for firefighters oernight with those winds. i'll be here at the sonoma county fairgrounds throughout the morning and bring you updates a little later. i'm jessica castro, abc 7 news. >> there are still people staying at the fairgrounds, right? do we have any idea how many at this point? >> reporter: there are a lot of people staying here actually. there's first responders here as well as evacuees. paul, any idea how many people are staying out here at the fairgrounds? >> late yesterday i believe we were up to about a thousand at this camp. as of this morning, the numbers are just coming out so by 6:00, 6:30 we should have a better idea of numbers. resources are pouring in from all over the state.
additional strike teams have been showing up and checking in this morning. >> reporter: so that 1,000 is evacuees as well as those providing aid. >> no, the thousand was the firefighters. i don't have a good accurate number on totals right now. >> reporter: so a thousand that are helping out in the firefight and various different needs that they have out here in sonoma county that are centered here at the sonoma county fairgrounds. back to you. >> jessica castro live for us in santa rosa, thank you, jess. mandatory evacuations are under way for the entire city of calistoga. authorities going door to door telling people they need to get out. the concern is that the tubbs fire could blow in that direction. >> it's still unbelievable. we can't believe this is really happening. we've never been in a situation like this. >> oakland police officers were enforcing road closures in calistoga. lincoln avenue, the main street, is a virtual ghost town. most people have already left. some are refusing to leave. >> that same fire that's forcing
evacuations in calistoga is affecting all parts of napa county. >> matt keller is live in napa with a look at the fire and more on the evacuees. >> reporter: good morning. calm conditions out here this morning and very cold, but the flames roll on. check this out behind me in the hills just east of napa you can see that glow coming from there. we're here at the highway. it doesn't appear as there are any homes in the immediate area but as we know things can change very quickly. people have already left their homes to get out of the way of the path of the fires. people have been heading to several evacuation centers. american canyon high school opened up with cots, blankets, food, walter and wi-fi. it's filled with people forced to leave at a moment's notice. >> it's a nightmare. we're living a nightmare. i wish we could wake up and it would go away. >> a small community and i know
everyone will come together an help each other out. >> reporter: the sonoma raceway campgrounds is open for rvs. fairfield high school is also open as a shelter. evacuation centers are taking donations like clothing and blankets. people are trying to be helpful but it's difficult when you still have fire burning out of control. we just saw a flare-up there in these hills. you can see that glow getting a little bigger this morning, so obviously concern that these flames are still moving here, even though the conditions are calm and cool. reporting live in napa, matt keller, abc 7 news. >> matt, what is the air like where you are? we can see the ash sort of falling in your camera light right now. >> reporter: you know what, yesterday at this time the air quality was much, much better than later in the afternoon. once the sun came out, it seemed like the air quality dropped significantly. yeah, we could see ash that is falling from the fires, but as far as the air quality, i actually took off my mask and it's not bothering me right now.
but if it is going to be like yesterday and the day before, once that sun comes up, the air quality drops significantly. >> matt, we appreciate it. matt keller live in napa for us. officials in sonoma and napa counties expected to update the public on the fires later this morning. both of those briefings will once again begin at 9:00 a.m. we'll have live coverage on air, online and on our abc 7 news app. if you're not at home, download that free app. we'll also get you push alerts and the latest breaking news right to your phones. if you're headed to sfo this morning, check with your airline before you go. here's a live look from our sfo camera where the fires affected 300 flights yesterday. that's because there's such low visibility, planes cannot land simultaneously. so it's like when we have fog in the area only this time it's smoke. many arriving flights were delayed an average of two and a half hours. sfo usually receives its faa delay order around 6:30 in the morning. so a little less than an hour and a half from now we'll bring
you an update as soon as we get that. let's take a look at what it looks like from the east bay hills. at least opening the window here, it looks a lot better than it did this time yesterday but the air quality is actually a little worse as the fine particulate matter has ramped up significantly. we get about a five-day forecast. for today very unhealthy. about as bad as it gets in the north bay. the rest of us unhealthy. that means all of us are going to be opened up, vulnerable to the pollution in the air. by monday it's going to be possibly, this is their forecast, north bay, coast and central bay, inland east bay, those most susceptible and then south central and santa clara valley shouldn't have poor air quality monday. that could change depending on what happens over the weekend but the poor air quality will last through at least monday for now. let's talk temperatures.
42 in menlo park, 46 in redwood city, pacifica 49, everybody else 50 to 52 degrees. we've got mid to upper 40s all the way into the south bay. 42 in san ramon, 41 in napa. notice which way the winds are blowing right now. they're blowing back towards san francisco and that means the smoke will come back towards us as we head through the morning hours. dry and smoky for the roads today. mass transit and spare the air. if you're on the bay water today, it's not quite as breezy as it was yesterday. let's find out more about that commute. here's alexis. >> yeah, we don't have any major problems so far for the typical commute here on this thursday morning but we of course have a lot of road closures in the north bay. i know this is fluid and a lot to keep up with. i'm sending out a lot of resources for you this morning. state route 128 closed between tubbs lane and chalk hill road out of the calistoga area. same thing goes for state route
29. you're shut down between old lawley and western mine road. we did hear about a collision in one of the fastrak lanes on the left-hand side, i'm not seeing it here yet. i'll try to have more information soon. no metering lights yet. the red cross has two new shelters open for fire evacuees. we'll tell you where people affected by the north bay fires can now go. >> obviously this is not only serious but getting more serious. >> governor jerry
this morning we are hearing from santa rosa residents who lost everything. >> one of the hardest-hit areas by the tubbs fire is the coffey park neighborhood. maggie is live on miller drive inside the area that is still under mandatory evacuation. good morning, maggie. >> reporter: good morning. here in coffey park, like you said, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods. driving down street after street all you see is total and complete devastation. this used to be a subdivision in santa rosa, a little over an hour north of san francisco, with hundreds of homes. now every single one of though homes is just a pile of rubble. people who have been able to come back in and take a look at their homes tell us that it was hard for them to even recognize which one was theirs. there was one woman who said she's been here for 20 years and
now she could hardly recognize which one her home was on the block because it had been reduced to just nothing. we spent all day here yesterday as well walking around looking at some of areas. some of the dramatic scenes we saw exemplified how powerful this fire was. the aluminum on car tires completely melted. down the block we saw what was left of houses as just chimneys, basketball hoops, down to nothing. you can tell how ferocious this fire was. we know firefighters are out there right now working overnight 24/7 trying to stop the spread and making sure that the devastation we're seeing here in coffey park we don't see in other areas of santa rosa as well. >> maggie, when you're talking to some of the people who are able to escape and came back to see that there was nothing left, did they tell you stories about how they knew to get out there and are they worried about maybe some of their neighbors they haven't heard from?
>> reporter: some of the stories are terrifying. we heard from people who only found out, they woke up and saw flames practically outside their back door or flames coming down a hill. here in coffey park we were told there were sirens that went off, cop cars down the street in the middle of the night making an announcement people should evacuate. at journey's end trailer park we talked to many people as well who said they woke up middle of the night, flames were outside their door. one man helped his neighbor in a wheelchair escape. unfortunately, some people in that trailer park were unable to escape and died as a result of it. so this is a tragic situation and we're told it's potentially only going to get worse so this is something we're going to be reporting about now for days to come. >> maggie, thank you. and there is more help out there for wildfire evacuees this morning. we're going to look at photos of two red cross shelters open, one at contra costa community college and the other at cal expo in sacramento.
everyone is welcome there. in solano county the alan witt sports complex is open. there is food, water and 65 beds. that is in fairfield near west texas street and beck avenue. santa rosa police have arrested three suspected looters within the evacuation areas since the fire started. unbelievable that we have to tell you about that. the department has received at least 69 calls of possible looting. 15 people were questioned. three suspects arrested. each either had outstanding warrants or were in violation of probation. > and people wondering what sparked all of this. well, a pg&e lineman believes downed power lines and exploding transformers sparked the wildfires in the north bay. he said he wants to remain anonymous. in the early moments of the disaster, several calls came in about power lines falling in high winds. >> electrical investigation,
1047 maverick. hazardous conditions, possible transformer explosion fulton road at old redwood highway. >> we've been advised there are power lines down with a transformer down. all units be advised. >> the lineman says that customers may also be to blame because many resist when crews try to cut vegetation. these destructive winds along with millions of trees weakened by years of drought and recent renewed vegetation growth from winter storms all contributed to some trees, branches and debris impacting our electric lines across the north bay. we have posted the entire statement at abc7news.com. a reminder from sonoma county officials, the sonoma raceway is not a general evacuation shelter. the raceway is available for rv campers only. sky 7 flew over the 50-acre campground earlier this week. evacuees in rvs were allowed in starting on tuesday. it can handle up to 2,000 people during major events.
officials teamed up with united site services to provide basic services for rvs that includes water and sewer. governor jerry brown grateful for all the tireless and selfless work being done by firefighters and first responders. he stopped by the office of emergency services yesterday to convey his appreciation. >> i just want to thank you and commend you for all you're doing. obviously this is not only serious but getting more serious. people's homes and lives are totally disrupted. i know everybody in the state appreciates all that you're doing. >> governor brown says the damage total from the fires will run into the billions. he says he's encouraged by the promise of federal aid from washington. let's get over to mike nicco. i know you're looking at the long forecast. we do have some rain on the way, if only it could come a little bit sooner, right, mike? >> the sooner it gets here the better off but that's the major change from yesterday. hi, everybody. we talked about monday, i was watching that cold front come
down. the medium range models had it knocking on our door. now they're saying it's going to get a little stronger push down towards our neighborhood and could bring maybe up to a third of an inch of rain in the north bay, fingers crossed. that's also next wednesday so it is quite a ways away. so let's talk about what leads up to that. sun and smoke. fire danger does taper today. clear and cooler and calmer tonight. the fire should lay down a little bit. then tracking that chance of rain. let's get right into the numbers today. 62 to 64 half moon bay into san francisco. 68 in oakland to 72 in palo alto. 72 in san rafael to antioch and fairfield about 75. tonight's temperatures, look at that, low to upper 40s just about everywhere. so here we are wednesday at 5:00 in the evening. watch as the rain comes down. now, it's only green, which means it's fairly light rain, but it is rain. and by midnight through the
morning hours we'll have our best chance of receiving some of that rain which could help with the fires and could help also with the air quality. that is if it materializes. it's still a ways away. until then we've got bone dry air through at least monday and temperatures reaching the 70s, 80s and possibly 90s monday. so we still have some other obstacles to go through. >> really hoping that rain happens here about a week from now, mike. taking a look at our traffic maps. earlier i told you caltrans was encouraging semi drivers to avoid westbound 80 through the vallejo area. in fact they were saying 580 was an option for you. normally that is restricted for tractor-trailers. you have to stick to 880 instead. they are now saying semis no longer allowed to use 580 so you are no longer restricted through the vallejo stretch. here's walnut creek so southbound 680 moving along
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abc 7 news was there last night as emergency vehicles drove around securing the area. >> number four, a new mandatory evacuation is in effect for mendocino county because of the redwood fire. all of potter valley is evacuated as well as the roads going to potter valley road. >> number five, we are under a spare the air alert because of all the smoke in the air. the air quality expected to get worse into the weekend. >> yeah, the ebb and flow of the forecast means poor air quality through at least monday and high fire danger that's tapering today. it ends at 5:00, but could return tomorrow and i do have a chance of rain in the forecast for next week. >> number seven, we don't have any major issues on the roads. checking out north bay transit options, smart train offiering free service on a modified schedule. sonoma county suspended helping out with evacuation services. as even more north bay neighborhoods prepar for the
possibility of evacuation, the biggest question some people face is what to do with their pets. >> the red cross set up this shelter at the sonoma county fairgrounds. evacuees and their pets are welcome. the california veterinary medical receive corps is also there to help with vaccines and other needs. >> they were able to give us crates for our animals. they were able to give us food for our animals, water bowls, toys. >> we've got dogs, cats, a couple of birds and i think we have a turtle. >> demand for this shelter is high. they're setting up cots to open a second building for another wave of evacuees. >> we're coming back with another full 90 minutes of news, including the military aid headed to the north bay to join the firefight. the firefight. als ♪ the firefight. als so we created the only bed that adjusts on both sides to 9 out of 10 couples prefer a different mattress firmness, your ideal comfort, your sleep number setting. you can even see how well you're sleeping and make adjustments.
more people evacuate from approaching flames. >> the winds are gusting right now, threatening to make the fire disaster even worse. good morning to you on this thursday, october 12th. jessica on assignment covering the wildfire disaster in the north bay. we'll check in with her throughout the morning. >> we want to start with meteorologist mike nicco. >> good morning. i want to start with the air quality because that's affecting all of us. reggie, you made the remark that santa rosa has cleaner air than san francisco. here's the latest air quality map. it's moderate up in santa rosa because the winds are blowing out of the north gusting to 20 to 30 miles per hour overnight pushing that smoke to the south, as we expected. here's a different way to look at it from the east bay hills. parts of the north bay are very unhealthy as you head towards napa and solano. other parts like the coast and central bay, which is in yellow there an inland east bay which are in green are unhealthy for all of us. south central is pink and poor. and santa clara valley, you're
doing okay. this will change the next couple of days and i'll take a look at what's going to affect our firefighting efforts coming up next. >> all that being said, it is a spare the air day today and actually every day through sunday. if you can car pool, use mass transit, that is highly recommended. quick check of the bay bridge toll plaza, looks like the metering lights are on and typical delays are filling in. you can see some of the smoke under the street lamps as well. southbound 680 highway 4 to walnut creek, no delays there. 6 minutes. westbound 24, wall net creek to highway 13, 8 minutes. and 580 tracy to dublin in the yellow at 50 minutes. we're going to start with the latest evacuation advisories in the north bay. >> cal fire issued three overnight in napa, sonoma and solano counties. >> take a look at the information on your screen. a people living east of silverado trail, soscol avenue, highway 221, highway 29 and north of the jameson canyon road. we have specific cross streets on our website, abc7news.com.
palomino lakes as well as paurlts of windsor and healdsburg. >> in solano county, north of jameson county road and i-80 and west of suisun valley road. again, these are evacuation advisories. that means prepare to leave if the situation gets worse. >> there is a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city of calistoga right now. parts of geyserville along highway 128 and northeast of the russian river as well as the northeast corner of sonoma. pwe know this is a lot of information so make sure to go to abc7news.com for specific streets and areas. >> we're going to get to matt keller who has been looking at some flames this morning. >> he's live in napa county with a look at the atlas fire burning still. hey, matt. >> reporter: good morning, natasha and reggie. we're seeing some of these flames flare up and then sit back down this morning here in the hills east of napa. that's the good news is that these flames don't appear to be getting bigger, they appear to be getting smaller. we still have these flames and the glow here in the background.
we are standing off of highway 221 and geyser road. the good news, this is in a park here. there are homes to the north of us and then to the west is napa. there is an advisory evacuation for parts of the city of napa. it is not a mandatory evacuation, but the city says residents should consider preparing for evacuations should the situation worsen. but it appears that the weather conditions out here are favorable for the fire. the winds are really light and the conditions are calm and the temperatures are very, very cool out here. we did see a bunch of police officers drive by in the last 20 minutes or so, apparently here to help with evacuations and also road closures. they are coming from all across the state. of course we'll keep an eye on these flames behind us and let you know what happens here. matt keller, abc 7 news. in santa rosa, people dealing with a new alert. the city warning people to be ready for a possible evacuation.
>> that came down last night and covers the area in gold on your screen. it spans to highway 12. the red part already under a mandatory evacuation area. abc 7's jessica castro is live at the sonoma county fairgrounds. she is speaking to the folks who know what's happening on the ground. jess. >> reporter: hi, good morning. yes. this is basically where they are going to have central command or where they will handle four different fires. you can see all the information maps and charts here that are available, but they will handle things for tubbs, pocket, nuns and the adobe fires here. there's about a thousand firefighters and first responders staying here at the fairgrounds ready to deploy. i want to show you also around here you can see that there's a ton of tents where they are sleeping. so this is where they will deploy from later today. we did learn good news for the firefight. the winds did cooperate overnight. >> the winds that we expected to materialize overnight never
really did at the surface level. in fact the humidity shot way up. it's cold this morning and the fire has pretty much laid down throughout the complex itself. >> reporter: back here live, we also learned more about the also learned more about the advisories issued in in in in in none have been lifted since yesterday but calmer winds were definitely a good thing for folks. of those four fires, the tubbs fire was really the only one that made any significant changes overnight. we have learned that that particular fire is moving from sonoma towards lake county. last we heard it was right on the border of sonoma and lake counties. reporting live, i'm jessica castro, abc 7 news. >> jessica, thank you. the fire is so different from the ones we've seen in the past because it's affecting so many population centers including now areas in and around the city of sonoma. >> we want to continue our team coverage with amy hollyfield.
she is following that tough decision for many people to stay or go. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hi, good morning, natasha. the police here at the perimeter tell me the evacuation was completed by about midnight. they say no one has been asking them this morning if they can go back in and they say a lot of people had already left before the order came down. the order was issued about 8:30 last night. people then quickly had to pack up their homes and businesses and make tough decisions about what to take and what to leave. some decided to pack up but to stay until they really feel threatened. >> in the meantime we figure it will be one less car on the road. and the winds shifted away from here so it's not raining ashes so bad right now. so we're just staying ready. >> reporter: there was quite a line of cars of people evacuating. the order was for sections of eastern sonoma valley.
at this checkpoint here at 7th and castle, police say overall it went pretty well. officers say people who want to stay have that right. they can't force them to leave. but once you leave, you can't get back in until the order is lifted. amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> amy, thank you. this morning the town of calistoga remains under a mandatory evacuation because of the tubbs fire. last night police officers and firefighters went door to door urging calistoga's 5,000 residents to get out of their homes. the city is calling the mandatory evacuation a success. late last night officials said the fire's progression had slowed. most public schools in the fire zones will be closed again through at least tomorrow. vacaville unified schools, napa valley unified schools, napa valley college, calistoga joint unified schools and st. helena unified schools. some concern about the smoke is causing some other districts to cancel. vallejo city schools are closed
for the rest of the week, mt. diablo, martinez and antioch have closed all schools today. there's a list on our website and on the abc 7 news app. the air is so bad that a half marathon race scheduled for this weekend in san francisco is now cancelled. sky 7 captured the smoky haze at sunset last night. we're under a spare the air alert today because of the smoke. the air quality is expected to get even worse into the weekend because the winds will be calmer and the smoke will settle. >> the sonoma county sheriff is set to give a fire briefing this morning at 9:00 from santa rosa. napa county officials will also have an update at 9:00 as well. we'll send out a push alert when it starts and have live coverage on the app. you can also find extensive resources there like the maps that show where the fires are burning and up-to-the-minute evacuation information. the app is free to download on your apple or android devices. let's take a look at the winds up in the hills where the fires are burning.
you can see they're about 20 to 30 miles per hour right now, which is feeding those fires just a little bit. but we do have some other positive news to report. down in the valleys, the winds haven't made it down there, but once the sun comes up, some of those winds will come down to the valley and it will get breezy for a time. now let's take a look at what's going on up north as far as our wind advisory until 5:00. the winds were faster here last night than they were across the north bay so thankfully we didn't have any fires burning there. 39 in petaluma, 48 around santa rosa to 57, a little warmer in napa. look at american canyon, 41 degrees. so quite a difference in temperature right there. let's take a look at the humidity. remember yesterday it was around 85 to 100%? definitely lower this morning, from 57 to about 80%. because of that, the danger continues all the way through 5:00 for all the areas you see in red. all right, the winds, the ferry
building, the flags have been point to the southwest. that means we have a northeasterly wind. that's why the air quality is so poor here in san francisco. 7:00 this morning temperatures in the 40s everywhere. 60 at noon. near 70 around the bay, 70 to 74 inland. as we round out your 12-hour day planner, fire conditions will relax significantly by 7:00, temperatures 54 to 61. the fire dangers will come out and i have a chance of rain coming up in the forecast. here's alexis. >> a lot of closures still in place due to all the fires in the north bay. a lot of them have been in place several days, including all the 101 on and off ramps there in santa rosa. hopper, by centennial, mendocino, river road. you're not able to get off on those exits. we did talk to caltrans early this morning. they are saying northbound 120 is closed at state route 37 in the sears point area. it's not closed for the entire stretch up to sonoma but they're trying to prevent folks from heading north on 121.
if you can avoid that, that is recommended. lakeville highway is open. we did have a little bit of a backup earlier this morning and that has started to thin out. state route 12 is also closed from watmaugh road to state route 121. the south bay, you're looking okay so far this morning. here's 101 and 880 starting to fill in, but no major trouble spots for you so far today. the bay area sports teams the bay area sports teams unite t ♪ with the alaska airlines visa signature card you get a companion ticket every year.
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we're back at 5:44. calistoga residents are under a mandatory evacuation order as firefighters ballots the tubbs fire. nine fires have burned more than 105,000 acres threatening thousands of homes. yesterday governor brown declared a state of of emergency for napa, sonoma and yuba counties and at least 23 people have been killed in the fires. >> scott alonzo is on the phone with us this morning. scott, last night you said a lot of these evacuation advisories come with very little warning. what is the situation like now and what are the areas you're most concerned about? >> good morning. we still are very concerned about geyserville, sonoma valley and parts of santa rosa. an advisory evacuation order did go out for northeast santa rosa last night. again, that's a voluntary notification, but as you know,
conditions change very rapidly with these fires. we want folks to be prepared and if necessary to exit immediately from the residence. >> folkscott, we know folks wit calistoga were told to go last night. can you tell us how crowded the shelters are becoming? >> we have a network of 24 shelters ranging all the way up from cloverdale down to petaluma. we do have capacity. we have 3,800 folks in the shelters right now but we have room for 4,000 more so there is plenty of room in our shelter. we are not asking about immigration status. we want folks to come. there are services available. volunteers are pouring in with donations, with assistance, and it's really inspiring to see everyone come together to support each other. >> scott, i'm glad you brought up that point because we've been getting messages from people who want to help out. what is the most effective way for them to contribute?
>> well, there's a few ways. they can volunteer directly. call 707-573-3399, or they can make a financial contribution through redwood credit union and that -- 100% of those proceeds will go to the relief efforts for sonoma county. that's redwoodcu.org. so if they go to that website they can find the north bay fire relief fund and that can support efforts in napa, mendocino, lake and sonoma. >> that's great to know, scott. that's valuable information. >> really appreciate your time and your help, scott. a new mandatory evacuation is in effect for mendocino county because of the redwood fire. all of potter valley is evacuated as well as the roads going to potter valley road. the redwood fire has burned 30,000 acres between redwood and porter valleys. only 5% contained right now. firefighters have a control line between the two areas which is helping slow the fire spread.
>> and there is good progress against the sulphur fire. that's burning in the clear lake oaks area off highway 20. that is 45% contained. cal fire says the sulphur fire has burned 2,500 acres. they're mopping up hot spots and burned-out structures and resources there are going to be allocated to the redwood fire as soon as they become available. the warriors, a's, raiders, giants, niners, quakes and sharks joining together to help raise money for the fire victims. they have committed $450,000 and they want fans to chip in too so they have set up a you caring page. there is a link on our website and that money goes to the red cross. >> if you want to help, you can text red cross, one word, to 90999. that sends $10 to the american red cross. if you want to volunteer, call 707-577-7600. >> we'll check in again with mike nicco for that all-important forecast.
>> hi, everybody. i do have some good news and some not-so-good news. the fire threat will today but the bad news it comes back tomorrow night through saturday morning. it's going to get hotter as we head through the weekend and then monday. the best news of all, i found a chance of rain. let's talk about where the thickest smoke is, petaluma, napa, a 4-mile visibility. a light northwest wind across the golden gate. breezes, fire danger taper today but come back tomorrow. that chance of rain coming into the north bay starting as early as wednesday. for temperatures today, we'll be around 72 to 75 in the north bay. inland east bay and south bay. about 68 to 72 around the bay and about 62 to 64 at the coast into san francisco. so definitely a cooler day out there for the firefighters and for you. tonight even cooler than this morning. we could have some 30s up in the north bay in the deepest valleys. most of us in the 40s until you
get to san francisco at 51. it would be great to open up the windows and air the house out with this cooler air but don't do that, there's too much smoke in the air. here's a look at our forecast. tomorrow it's going to become calm in the morning and becoming windy in the afternoon through the evening hours and into saturday morning. the winds will relax saturday and allow a warming trending. winds will start blowing offshore sunday and monday and that will push our temperatures into the 70s at the coast, 80 around the bay to 90 inland. and then the cool sea breeze starts to return tuesday. that should allow for cleaner air. then the front comes in wednesday and that will bring us a chance of rain. i'll give you an hour-by-hour look at that in eight minutes. let's find out what's going on on the roads, the smoky roads this morning. >> no kidding. another day you'll want to have those windows up for sure in the vehicle. it is a spare the air day, so if you can car pool or use mass transit, that is highly recommended. i want to take you to the central valley. there's a new crash or perhaps a
couple collisions. westbound 580 just before the 680 interchange. there's one near hopyard and another near hacienda. right now we're hearing about possible injuries and the two right lanes blocked approaching that scene. as soon as i get more information from chp i will definitely pass it along to you. here's a look at that smoke that mike just mentioned. bay bridge toll plaza, the metering lights have been on since 5:32 this morning. a quick check of mass transit. of course you are encouraged to use that today. some changes for the north bay. smart train is offering free service through sunday. golden gate transit, piner and industrial terminals are open but offering limited service. sonoma county transit is suspended today. they are helping out with evacuation services. >> thank you, alexis. the safari west wildlife park near santa rosa remains closed because of the wildfires. i know a lot of you have been concerned about their 1,000
appear maman animals. >> in a facebook post they say the animals are safe, secure and surprisingly relaxed considering the situation. >> sonoma animal services are accepting lost pets. this little guy was brought in tuesday. ten-pound chihuahua found on lance drive and santa rosa avenue. sonoma county animal services on century court off airport boulevard. if you recognize that little guy, please let them know. new at 6:00, another bay area tech company joining in the effort to house people forced from their homes by the fires. >> first the grassroots effort that will have a big impact for wildfire victims.
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so many have been displaced and they need help right now. >> that includes just getting some of the basics, clothing, things we all use every single day. sue graham of oakland founded an organization called one closet. it gets clothing and the basics to disaster victims, especially children. friends and neighbors dropped off donations and sue was getting ready to head north. >> so i'm in the process of delivering close to 4,000 garments, about 30 blankets, and these are specifically clothing for teenagers. so we are coming to the rescue to the teenagers. >> graham is providing the donated items to evacuation shelters in santa rosa and petaluma. we know we've got a second round of potentially dangerous winds coming at us tomorrow night into saturday morning. once the winds taper, though, look at what they leave behind. extremely dry air from 10%
relative humidity in lake port, cloverdale about 11% to 13% in napa. it is just going to be too dry out there but at least it won't be windy. 5:00 wednesday evening look at that green coming into the north bay during the overnight hours. some light to possibly moderate rain that will taper to light rain by thursday morning. thursday afternoon it's over. right now the models cranking out about a third of an inch of rain across the north bay. i hope that happens, alexis. >> everybody is certainly hoping for that. right now we are looking at a problem in the vi valltri-valle. not a lot of clear details from chp but westbound 580 before you get to the 680 interchange, we do have a crash, at least one, possibly two in the area and at least one lane blocked there as well of the as soon as i have more information confirmed i will pass that along. the bay bridge toll plaza, we can see all that smoke on the cameras and that is going to be the way it goes for the next several days. we also have a ten-minute
b.a.r.t. delay at bay fair station due to earlier track maintenance but they are recovering now. the signorello winery didn't stand a chance. it was one of the first victims of the fires burning on sunday night. wine bottles melted under the intense heat and bottles flattened like pancakes. the wine owner explained to vic lee exactly what happened. >> pushed the cork out, boiled the wine right out of it and that's a cork that's burnt. >> however, the fire spared everything else in the winery, including their invaluable crush pad. >> next at 6:00, our breaking news coverage of the north bay fires continues. >> the new evacuations overnight. the frantic effort to make sure people leave their homes before the flames get there. >> it is 5:56. if you are just waking up, you're going to notice that it is quite smoky in san francisco, in oakland and in other areas of the bay area south of the fires. we're keeping up weather and
photographic information on your screen throughout the commercial break. >> i know he's two but he just looked at me and said yes, mommy, it's okay. >> the american flag was just hanging by a pole. >> great neighborhood, great neighbors, but it's tough. these people are losing their homes. >> we're just trying to stay ahead of it and do the best we could. >> i just saw flames all up on the hill behind my house. >> it is emotional. nothing i could do to stop it. >> been here 25 years. it was a great neighborhood. i's going to be a lot of work getting it back.
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north of jameson canyon road. >> palomino lakes as well as parts of windsor and healdsburg. >> north of jameson canyon road and wei-80. suisun valley road. we have an entire list on our website and the abc 7 news app. >> a lot of people are getting out while they have time to get out. good morning to you. jessica castro on assignment this morning. she's in sonoma county and we'll speak to her in just a moment. >> everyone wondering about wind gusts. are firefighters going to get any help today? >> they got a little help overnight. the wind advisories were above 1,000 feet and continue until 5:00 with the fastest winds during the overnight hours in the east bay hills. mt. diablo had wind gusts ever 50 miles per hour. thankfully no fires over there. the red flag warning continues until 5:00. included in this and not in the wind advisory, the santa cruz mountains. here's a look at