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18,000 acres since the fire broke out around 6:30 this morning. and that's triggered mandatory evacuations in place likes the town of paradise. people escaping the flames faced bumper-to-bumper traffic along highways in butte county. while they drove away from the flames, firefighters from across the state raced toward the danger. bay area crews have joined firefighters across california battling the flames. evacuation areas keep expanding because of this fast-moving fire. >> for the evacuees, it has been absolutely terrifying as the pictures would illustrate. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony live in butte county right now. it's four income the afternoon. it looks like it's dark where you are, laura. >> yeah, that's right, larry. and it is terrifying in here. we are just about two miles west of the town, the downtown part of paradise. and check this out. this neighborhood, we have been here for a couple of hours now, and unfortunately, we've been watching home after home go up in flames.
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there were some cal fire crews here. they were able to save or protect a couple of these homes. we're on lewis ranch road here. just a few minutes ago, we're showing you these homes that are burning behind me. we could hear live rounds going off. it sounded like ammunition, somebody's stock of ammunition just boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. it's been sounds like that all afternoon. this is yet another horrific fire. one after another homes in paradise are burning, a scene as dark and horrific as any we've seen as yet another raging inferno wipes out a whole community. one resident gave us a ride on his atv. >> friends of mine. they moved from southern california. their backyard is awesome. they've been working their butt off on their house, and they lost it all. >> homes are burning despite the efforts of firefighters and some residents who stayed behind to try to save theirs, or failing that, one of their neighbors. >> we lost everything, trailers,
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all our belongings. now we're on grinding rock, just trying to save everybody else's stuff. there is trucks and stuff. we've got them in the street. >> it's tough. it's tough. i help everybody. that's my nature. i have two shattered ankles, and i still help. >> driven by winds in excess of 50 miles an hour, the campfire burst in size overnight from just one thousand acres to more than 18,000. forcing the evacuation of entire towns, including paradise just north of chico. both lanes to the west of town were converted to the outgoing direction to accommodate all of those who evacuated. many who could only grab their loved ones, their pets, and themselves. >> it was like midnight at noon. you couldn't see outside. it was dark. it was just like midnight. >> three houses up, there was a tree on fire, and with the wind blowing, you could see it moving. it was -- it terrifying.
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>> standing here looking at this, what are you thinking? >> sad. crying because i just moved up here. i've been here for a year. i love it. and it just breaks my heart. >> and we're back live here. this is unfortunately a live picture of a home completely engulfed in flames. this is one of many that seem to be okay when we first got here, but now they are going up one by one. the wind had calmed down considerably for a time, but you can see now it's starting to gust again. i can assure you, larry and ama, that randy and i are in a safe spot right here. but obviously around us, there is a fair amount of fire in the distance. i can also tell you we saw folks leading with just their loved ones, whatever they could grab. this is not a situation where people were able to pile their cars full of stuff and grab the horses. in fact, we'll show you this video a little bit later on abc 7 news, but just a few minutes ago right on the road near where i'm standing, we saw four
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beautiful horses running down the street by themselves. they're confused. they're scared. they're going this way, they're going that way. they turned around. last we saw they were just a few hundred yards away from us. so folks here have gone for the most part. animals, many in some cases unfortunately have been left behind, and again, as you can see right here, somebody's home is obviously going to be a total loss. back to you guys. >> all right, laura. >> awful. >> i know you're saying you're safe, you and randy. just be careful because conditions can change very quickly up there. and this is obviously a very dicey situation. so just be careful and take care of yourself. don't take any chances. >> absolutely. let's go now to lynn tolmachoff who is a cal fire spokesperson. she is join us on the phone. are you with us? >> i am. >> these pictures are absolutely frightening. can you give us a status of the fire right now, how big it is?
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>> latest update they're putting it at 18,000 acres. that could change at any time. still no containment on the fire, and all the evacuations remain in place. >> do you have any people trapped, to the best of your knowledge? because you probably heard the report from laura anthony. she was talking about some of the horses that are running around that don't know where to go. what about the people that might be in that situation? these driving conditions are treacherous. >> yeah, absolutely. it's very hard because the way this fire has spread, and then the winds also being in there have pushed the smoke down, which has created such a dark area. and it does seem like nighttime when you're right in the middle of the fires. unfortunately. so they have worked on getting people out, getting them to the evacuation shelters the best they can. there is only three to four roads that actually truly egress out of the town of paradise. so it's a little bit of a challenge. but i know that the firefighters and law enforcement were doing a great job. >> as far as we know, no injuries so far, though? which have seen some injuries. two civilians and two first responders both. i'm not sure how many or to what extent. >> okay.
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and you mentioned about how dark it looks. it looks like nighttime. we saw that in lawyer anthony's live shot. how does that impact firefighters? >> obviously darkness makes everything a little tougher, and it throws you off. visually you're balanced, you're maybe not aware of what direction you're going in or where you're at necessarily, especially if you don't know the area well. so it's a little bit challenging that way. but firefighters are -- we've got hundreds of firefighters up there working on this. >> lynn, you have mandatory evacuation orders in place for what cities right now? >> for many communities. pull ga, concow, butte. around 20 to 30,000 people evacuated. >> unfortunately, given the weather conditions that we have which seem to be prevailing in northern california, at least in recent years, this looks like the new normal. i mean, how similar is this to what we saw in napa and santa rosa where one day you're fine and then the next day the winds
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come through, the fires start and suddenly a whole community is wiped out. >> exactly. we've had a few days in recent weeks of these red flag warnings, and we've been lucky enough to not have anything up until today. unfortunately, today we didn't quite make it through without having fire. as far as the new normal, this is the new landscape of california. this is the new weather patterns, unfortunately. they could change. we don't know what mother nature wants to do to us. but for right now because of these type of conditions, we need people to stay aware of their surroundings and be very fire safe when they're outdoor, thank you, lynn tolmachoff with cal fire. thank you for that update. we'll let you get back to work. we've een talking than wildfire danger, the red flag warning yesterday too. >> yeah. unfortunately, when you've got these conditions, it's dry. you've got the winds and all you need is one spark for the whole thing to go up. and just some terrifying video. i saw one firefighter posted on instagram, and he is driving through it.
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it's just an inferno. >> it's awful. and more people have been posting videos of people escaping the flames. they're putting it on social media. >> abc 7 news anchor kristen sze is here with a look at some of the gripping images. very scary. >> i'm almost amazed that people can grab their phones and shoot video as they're in such a frightening situation and trying to escape. let's take a listen. you can imagine being in the middle of this. can you hear that audio? posted on instagram. and just as they're driving past the burning wood, trying to get out. let's take a look at this one. this one actually posted by our redding sister station, krcr. and you can just hear the crackling of that wood as it's burned, and you can see fire engines going by, so many of them going through in this situation. and this one posted on graha e m instagram. the plume of smoke darkening the sky. completely frightening. this is skyway there. and this one posted on instagram
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as somebody is driving away saying guys, please, pray. massive fire in paradise, was evacuated. look at this picture. see all the car there's posted by tobias? that is how crowded the freeways are. you guys were talking about trying to get out. the roads were congested. some people had to flee on foot because they were stuck in their cars. this one shot in instagram viewing from chico. so they're looking at the smoke from about 15 miles away. and you can see how frightening it looks as they say, be safe out there, all these people. unfortunately, there are so many of these stories, and we certainly hope they all get out safely. but you can see what it's like to be in the middle of that. larry and ama? >> thank you. the smoke from the fire is spreading all across northern california. you can see just how thick it was a few hours ago. this is in ukiah. this is in mendocino county. the smoke so dense that the streetlights turned on, and when you talk to people that are in these situations, it becomes so
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disorienting. >> yeah. >> because you're not sure which direction. it's almost like you get socked in with all the smoke. >> yeah, and especially for the firefighters trying to battle this. if they aren't super familiar with a certain area. >> exactly. >> like she said. well, let's take a look right here in the bay area now. you're looking at video of the smoke and the haze that's in the east and north bay. >> yeah. let's get to spencer christian with a closer look what the fire is doing, what the conditions are like. spencer, when i was driving in here, it was like a wall of gray all across the sky. >> it's quite visible. those are dramatic images. check out chopper 7. it looks like a cloud mass. that's actually smoke picked up on our live doppler 7 radar image. here is a looping image showing the last six hours of the smoke billowing out and moving across the bay area and out to sea. i'll tell you down to the location of the fire, give you the best current condition readings. 61 degrees. it's not very warm there, but
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check out the relative humidity. only 12%. very, very dry. wind gusting near 30 miles per hour right now. red flag warning obviously in effect for that area. but also in the north bay, mountains, east bay hills and diablo range and the santa cruz mountains until 7:00 tomorrow morning. wind gusts may reach 50, 60 miles per hour in the higher elevations. relative humidity will be between about 8 and 15%. again, dangerously low. and here is a view if there sutro tower looking over san francisco of how thick the smoke is in the bay area. despite that presence of smoke, we expect air quality to be moderate tomorrow, not poor, but aso not very good. i'll give you a closer look at our weather conditions and the seven-day forecast in just a few minutes. larry and ama? >> all right. thank you so much, spencer. now we go to the mass shooting in southern california. a ventura county sheriff sergeant was among the 12 people killed when a gunman entered the borderline bar & grill in thousand oaks and opened fire. >> it was just before 11:30 last night as the country bar hosted
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college night. and somebody inside started recording on his cell phone while the shots range out. [ gunshots ] >> some people took cover when that happened. others broke windows to get out. police identified the gunman as 28-year-old ian david long, a marine veteran who neighbors say suffered from ptsd. >> investigators believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and we're starting to learn about some of the victims, including 18-year-old alaina housley. she graduated from vintage high school in napa earlier this year. she was just a freshmn at pepperdine university. one of about 20 pepperdine students that were at the bar at the time of this shooting. >> and there is a vigil planned in yountville at 6:00 tonight to remember housley. and the thousand oaks community is also preparing to hold a village until just a couple hours. >> abc 7 anchor dion lim live for us in thousand oaks witte.
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dion? >> larry and ama, we are at a reunification center. this is where victims' families gathered to gather their thoughts and receive services. now they have all since left, but law enforcement and the red cross are still here, offering support to those who need it. let's take you back to last night at about 11:30 when that suspected gunman, a marine veteran with ptsd named ian long entered the bar. he was armed with a semiautomatic weapon. it was college night, a very popular wednesday with hundreds of students from nearby schools inside. after the gunman set off a smoke device, he started shooting. 13 people, including that suspect, are dead. now among them, sergeant ron helus, a 29-year veteran of the ventura sheriff's department. he was one of the first people to enter the bar to rescue those inside healthcheck is being called a hero tonight. take a listen to the chaos one man experienced inside. >> he shot -- the cashier, just
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a young girl. he just started shooting. and i should have stayed until he changed his clip, but i was worried about my boy. but i should have stayed. i apologize to anybody who got hurt. or passed. i'm sorry. >> it is so difficult to listen to that. in the meantime, investigators from the fbi and local law enforcement, they are processing not only the scene but the suspect's vehicle and home. they are looking for more clues that may lead to a motive and his frame of mind. they do believe he worked alone. now back out here live among the people who still remain here at this reunification center, i met a mother who lost her 24-year-old daughter in the aurora theater shooting. she and her husband now travel the country. they offer support and other resources to those who are victims in these sflintincident. we are heading to the vigil as
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we mentioned. that is at city hall. we will bring you theght. dion lim, abc 7 news. back to you. >> all right, dion, thank you. as dion mentioned, investigators are still trying to figure out what led to long opening fire at the bar. friends say he once frequented the place. witnesses say long tossed smoke bombs outside and inside before shooting. he was a machine gunner in the marines, and served from 2008 and 2013 including a deployment in afghanistan. authorities say the 45 caliber gun used in the shooting was purchased legally. and people lined the street nears thousand oaks this morning to honor slain sheriff sergeant ron helus. they crowded freeway overpasses to pay their respects. the 29-year law enforcement officer was one of the first officers through the door at the borderline bar. he had bn on the phone with his wife when he said he needed to respond to a call. and we are also learning the names of some of the other
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victims. one was 22-year-old cody coffman, an umpire in a youth baseball league. he had three younger brothers and a younger sister on the way. other victims have been identified as 23-year-old justin meek and 21-year-old noel sparks. >> president trump ordered flags to fly at half-staff of the thousand oaks victims. it will remain that way until sunset on saturday at the white house and all public buildings, military post, naval stations as well as u.s. naval vessels. >> and our coverage of the deadly mass shooting will continue later this hour. mass shootings are becoming all too familiar. what you can do to try to protect yourself. the warning from law enforcement expert. >> and we will continue our coverage of the butte county fire. it's not just
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updating our breaking news, a wildfire has more than doubled in butte county. flames have burned about 18,000 acres since the fire broke out near the city of paradise early this morning. thousands of people have been evacuated. one woman told us the dark smoke made it feel like midnight at noon. i want to show you a live picture of the campfire right now. as laura anthony reported, it's dark. it feels like it's nighttime because of the smoke and no sunlight getting through that. bay area firefighters are in butte county. they're battling the flames. but as ama mentioned earlier, if you're used to the bay area terrain you, may not necessarily know what the terrain is in butte county. it's easy to get disoriented
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because you're not familiar with these areas. moving on, a wind-driven brushfire has erupted in southern california. it's burning near homes and businesses between camarillo and thousand oaks. that fire has quickly grown to 100 acres and continues to grow. more than 160 firefighters and eight air tankers are battling the flames there being fanned by gusting santa ana winds. and take a look at this fire burning near state highwa 12 off walters road in solano county. you can see on sky 7 just how much has burned. it's burning next to last month's branscomb fire. >> a fire was quickly put out this aftern 11:00 a.m. just south of joaquin and milla road. that fire burned vegetation, but no structures were damaged. there was a high concern because of the wind, but crews had that fire out before 1:00.
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injuries and no structures damaged. but here we are. we're in november. this used to be the rainy season at one point. >> the climate is changing. and what we used to consider typical this time of year is no longer typical. this may be typical for a while. and this had to happen. it's been so dry for so long. here is a look at live doppler 7. and what appears to be clouds is a big plume of smoke blowing across the bay area and out to see from the fires we just told you about. red flag warning in effect for the area where the fire is burning right now. for much of the bay area's higher elevations, the north bay mountains and east bay hills, the santa cruz mountains, a warning is in effect until 7:00 tomorrow morning. the strongest wind gust will be between 40 and 60 miles per hour. as you can see, really low relative humidity, 8 to 15%. let's take another look at that smoke over san francisco from sutro tower. in fact, it's over much of the bay area. right now we're looking at san francisco where it is 71 degrees right now. 27 in oakland. low 70s mountain view and san
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jose. mid-60s at morgan hill. here is the view of looking westward from emeryville. 73 degrees at santa rosa and napa. concord, 72. 68 at livermore. and one more view of the setting sun. these are the forecast features. high fire danger through tomorrow morning. but even after that, a red flag warning expires. we'll have an air quality advisory in effect because all the smoke is building up here. and that dry sunny pattern will continue through next week. let's talk about cold weather overnight tonight. we have a freeze warning in effect for much of mendocino county and areas north of it, crescent city and the oregon border. central and southern mendocino county. low temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and low 30s in the area of that freeze warning. and meanwhile, for most of the remainder of the by area tonight, it will be pretty chilly. we expect lows of 39 of vallejo, fairfield and livermore in the south bay. 38 napa, right around the bay shoreline mainly mid to upper 40s and mid 40s on the coast as
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well. don't forget it's going to be windy in the hills. tomorrow sunny and mild and dry. once again, highs on the coast will be in the upper 60s, about 68 half moon bay. almost 70 in san francisco tomorrow. we'll see low to mid-70s around the bay shoreline. it remains mild and inland areas mid 70, maybe even a couple of upper 70s. and here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. even though there is going to be a slight, slight drop in temperatures saturday, maybepy two degrees, we're looking at a seven-day period where it's going to be sunny and dry and much milder than we generally expect the weather to be. monday, veterans day looking nice, and we desperately need some rain. and yet our long-range, when i say long-range, ten days and beyond, nothing developing. >> how many days of gusting winds can we expect here? >> the gusts are going to diminish significantly overnight tonight into tomorrow. so we won't see the 40,
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50-miles-an-hour gusts in the mill tops. but we're still going to have breezy conditions. we may see 15 to 25, maybe 35-miles-per-hour gusts at times in the coming days in the higher elevations. >> goodness. >> maybe not strong enough for continuation of the red flag warning, but strong enough that there is fire concern. >> to cause problems. thank you, spencer. one week after google employees walked off the job in protest, some changes are coming to the company based right near the bay area. >> and later, making a difference. difference. the woman helped by some sfx: tinny headphone music sfx: feet shuffling life can change in an instant. be covered when it does... ...with a health plan through covered california. we offer free expert help choosing the best plan for you. and all of our plans include free preventive care. financial help is available, so check for yourself to see what savings you qualify for. for health insurance starting january 1st, enroll by december 15th. because you never know when life... ...will change.
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well, online shopping is expected to ring in more than $123 billion in holiday shopping sales. >> still, some malls are investing heavily to stay competitive. one of them is westfield valley fair in san jose. abc 7 news reporter david louis live with how it's enticing shoppers with a major renovation
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and expansion. >> there is no question that the affluence of silicon valley has helped west valley fair to increase its sales for eight years rung. it's spending over a billion dollars to add more restaurants and shops and to entice shoppers with even more. it's a massive transformation the shoppers this holiday season will start to enjoy. westfield valley fair has already renovated the existing mall with 200 stores. it features custom tiles from limestone and newly designed seating is starting to appear. work continues on a major expansion for 100 more stores in about a dozen new restaurants and a third anchor store, bloomingdales. >> it's constantly evolving. we need to keep up with the customer. you can't ever stand still, or they'll find other people to go. >> at a time when some malls are dying, west field shoppers are glad valley fair is focused on staying relevant.
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>> i figured that they must have done some research to know that people like to congregate and come somewhere, particularly at the holidays and feel good about spending money and having a sense of community as opposed to just staying home and ordering online. >> an important goal is to extend how long people stay at valley fair from the current 73 minutes to two hours. >> the longer people are in a shopping environment, the more money they'll spend. so malls that are getting people who want to stay there because they have interesting things and exciting things and food and things other than shopping to do there, they're going to win. >> the expansion should be completed next spring, but then retailers and restaurants will need to start building out their space. >> we're the number one tourist destination in all of silicon valley. at $22 million, we probably have more visitors than the next ten things combined. >> it should come as no surprise there will be lots of new technology here as well, including technology to help guide shoppers to the parking spaces, and even to keep them warm when they're seated
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outside. the seats will be heated up whenever the temperature drops to 65 degrees. in san jose, david louis, abc 7 news. >> thank you, david. now back to one of today's big stories, 13 dead in a mass shooting in southern california. >> this is america. got to change. this doesn't happen anywhere else on planet earth. >> governor-elect gavin newsom on the changes he says need
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live, where you live, this is abc 7 news. and here are the stories making headlines. tens of thousands of people are being evacuated because of the campfire. an unknown number of structures have been destroyed, and some people have been hurt. abc news reporter laura anthony is in the town of paradise and tweeted this photo you see here of a black plume of smoke. she'll have more at 5:00. dion lim is in thousand oaks. she tweeted this photo of law enforcement placing flowers near the scene at borderline bar & grill. police say late last night, a man entered a bar and started shooting. 12 people were killed, including a sheriff's deputy who exchanged gunfire with the suspect. witnesses described the chaos. >> it looked like just another guy coming in. i didn't focus too much
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attention on him. just saw him out of the corner of my eye. he raised his arm. the first shot went off. i thought it was somebody playing a prank with an m-80, but immediately i looked at him and he continued shooting. >> all i heard was the gunshots. and that's not a sound you ever want to hear in a crowded place where it's not supposed to be happening. >> having a good time, doing a dance, and all of the sudden you hear a first few shots, pop, pop. i grabbed basically whoever i could around me and threw them to the ground, tried to look at where it was coming from. as soon as where i identified where the target was or where the threat was, i grabbed at least two people around me and yanked them as hard as i could to get to the nearest exit. >> it still puts me in shock. out here in thousand oaks, this ventura county area, it's our safe haven. there. >> are no safe havens anymore. too many shootings, too many victims. why are there so many mass shootings? abc news reporter maggie rulli
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has the story. >> las vegas, sutherland springs, texas, pulse nightclub, orlando, and 12 days ago, pittsburgh, pennsylvania. now thousand oaks, california, 12 more lives taken. >> over the past four years, the united states has experienced a significant increase in mass shootings and mass casualty attacks. >> a new report reveals between 2016 and 2017, 21 states around the country had active shooter incidents. that's ten more states han the previous two-year period. during that same time, there were 50 active shooter incidents with a total of 943 people either hurt or killed. that's 60% of all those killed or wounded in the previous 16 years combined. >> typically, these attacks are conducted by disaffected violence prone individuals who are searching for some sense of social connections, some sense of accomplishment. >> a recent secret service report finds that the mass
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shootings that occurred in 2017 all had one thing in common. they were committed by men, aged 15 to 66. and almost 2/3 of them had mental health symptoms prior to the attacks. >> a lot of work has been done over the past tefrl years by the fbi, by state and law enforcement officials, by mental health professionals, and we actually understand what needs to be done to manage the threat posed. >> maggie rulli, abc news, new york. one bay area police chief has head training sbigs helping people survive active shooting incidents. he believes having an escape plan can save your life. >> your viewers are going to roll your eyes and say chief, are you saying every time i go outside my door i've got to be paranoid of this. i'm not saying that, but you need a plan, especially where there is a lot of people. you go to the same shopping mall, what are you going to do? if there is an earthquake, how are you going to get out of there? if there is a fire, how are you going to get out of there?
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if there is somebody trying to kill you, how are you going to get it thereof? for the movie theaters, the malls, any place you frequent on a regular base circumstances you should be knowledgeable of the exits and how to get out or if you had to escape what you would do. >> you know what's sad is you go to the movies now, you have to think think how am i going to escape if some maniac comes in shooting. everywhere we go now, that kind of has to be a way of life. >> no matter where you are, it's just friefnl just frightening. >> it is. today the governor-elect spoke candidly about the thousand oaks shooting and what we can expect from his administration once he is sworn in. >> lyanne melendez is in the newsroom with more on the story. >> let me show you. these one, two, three, four, five, six bills were signed back in late september by governor jerry brown. one of them says you must be at least 21 years old to buy a gun and not 18. but brown also vetoed other anti-gun proposals.
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still, california leads the nation when it comes to gun control. enter gavin newsom, who maintains we still fall short and who says good enough never is. >> this is america. got to change. this doesn't happen anywhere else on planet earth. >> despite his vocally anti-gun remarks, governor-elect gavin newsom said he wasn't prepared to roll out his anticipated gun control agenda. but given his voting record, one can only speculate it will be aggressive. >> if national rifle association, i'll say this, is bankrupt morally, and they need to be held to account to their rhetoric and to their actions. >> newsom led the passage of proposition 63, a 2016 voter approved measure which imposed background checks on ammunition purchases. that goes into effect in january. but that proposition also called for banning high capacity
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ammunition magazines, limiting them to 10 rounds. that is b challenged in court. the gun used in the thousand oaks shooting had a high capacity magazine that could hold more than ten rounds. one of the bills recently signed by governor jerry brown would prevent people hospitalized more than once in one year from mental health issues from owning a gun for life. the gunman in the thousand oaks shooting may have been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. earlier this year, police responded to a disturbance at his house. under the law, someone with possible psychiatric issues can be placed in temporary custody. but after he was assessed, the crisis team decided not to detain him. so rewind to when he was elected mayor of san francisco. that idea of same-sex marriages was not on his radar, but after listening to then president bush talk about preventing gay couples from getting married in 2004, newsom suddenly had a
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plan. now will gun control be his next big endeavor? who knows, but he said whatever it is, he will lean in aggressively. in the newsroom, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. >> all right, thank you, lyanne. we did send out a push alert on the shooting overnight when the story first broke. be sure to get details about breaking news sent to your phone when it happens. a federal appeals court in san francisco is upholding a block on president trump's efforts to end dacdaca. a three-judge panel of the ninth court of appeals today kept in place an injunction to phase out the deferred action for childhood arrivals program that decision basically means the law enforcements by california and others challenging the administration's decision will continue in federal court. daca has protected more than 700,000 people who were brought to the u.s. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed their visas. coming up next, a
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celebration of life. >> the giants and fans celebrate willie mccovey. we take you to a very special ceremony. i'm spencer christian. a is stunning sunset. air quality is declining as smoke from the wildfires moves
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baseball fans and players past and present gathered at at&t park today celebrating the life of giants hall of famer willie mccovey, who died on
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halloween. abc 7 news anchor eric thomas was at the ballpark. >> he was my first baseball hero. >> scores of youngsters in the bay area and around the country felt the same way about the giants hall of fame first baseman. today several thousand fans filled the seats at at&t park to say goodbye to willie mccovey. one of them was slugger barry bonds. >> i idolized willie mays, but i was born left-handed. and my first glove was a first baseman glove. so as much as i always wanted to be like say hey, i always had to stretch like mack, big mac, stretch, all nicknames for the left-hander who could pull a smoking fastballer down the right line. he remembers his first giants game when he went 4 for 4. >> we were all excited that first day. when he got to four hits, from day one he became everybody i knew favorite player. >> and the transplant from mobile, alabama adopted the bay
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area as his home. >> he came to be known as really just a fixture in our community. and so the 20 years he played for the giants, which is part of the story. >> teammate and hall of fame pitcher gaylord perry said mccovey was quiet, but meant what he said. >> he had a special pick-off play with me, with man on first base. he would say hey, dummy, they're getting too big a lead. >> broadcaster mike krukow. >> i mean, i didn't like him, but i wanted to be like him. i started hitting wiffle balls in the backyard left-handed because i wanted to be like mccovey. >> willie mccovey never played in this stadium, but there is a part of it that will always be associated with him, because as you know, on the other side of the that wall is mccovey cove. at at&t park, eric thomas, abc 7 news. now your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. >> once again, live doppler 7
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shows the plume of smoke coming from the fire in butte county, moving across the county and out to sea. lots of smoke in the air. red flag warning remains in effect for many of the bay area's mountains and hills. strong wind gusts overnight up to 50 miles an hour will diminish going into the daytime hours tomorrow. during the overnight chilly in the north bay where low temperatures will drop into the 30s in many locations. many other areas of the bay area will see in the low 40s under clear skies. tomorrow, sunny, mild and dry once again. upper 60s on the coast. low to mid-70s near the bay and inland. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. and we have a steady pattern of dry, mild weather with daytime highs in the low to mid-70s near the bay and inland. by the way, sunday, november 11th is the official date of veteran's day, but we have the flag covering both day there's because monday is the day that a holiday is observed. >> thank you, spencer. back now to the fire that is burning in butte county. this is about 15 miles east of
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chico. look at this fire line and all that smoke. live pictures. this wildfire has burned about 26 square miles in butte county so far. flames have trapped people inside buildings in the town of paradise. that's where cal fire is working on a plan to try to rescue those people. smoke putting off from that fire. thousands of others crowded local roads after getting evacuation orders. help is on the way from across california. local fire crews are on the front lines, trying to stop this fire, the campfire. coming up, some life-changing help for a bay area woman who was homeless, despite working two jobs. how generous abc 7 viewers made a difference. from 7 on your side's michael finney, another huge car recall, and
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week after google employees worldwide protested big payouts for executives accused of harassment and other misbehavior. in our continuing commitment to building a better bay area we revisit a homeless woman that we first met last month. now she worked two jobs. money was still a problem. she had to live in her car. as cornell bernard tells us, some generous abc 7 viewers changed all that. >> four-door, four-seater. i love it. >> jane parisi is getting behind the wheel of her new life. this 2004 scion was a gift from an anonymous donor who saw jane's story on abc 7 news. >> i am blessed. i am truly blessed. this is home. this is my home. >> we first met jane last month. she was living out of her car with a failing transmission in oakland, working two jobs and still not making it. >> sometimes when you're in a situation like mine, you give up. and i was at that point. >> but others were not about to let that happen. the owner of marin color service
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here in san rafael caught jane's story on abc 7 news and thought she looked familiar. >> i yelled at my wife, hey, i know that girl. >> tony remembered jane had once delivered paint supplies to his store. he just offered her a full-time job with benefit. >> she was deserving, the type of person i could feel she was. and, hey, man we all deserve second chances. >> as luck would have it, fellow employee wendy velazquez had an extra room to rent in san rafael. lucky the chihuahua is part of the deal. >> i felt it is time to pay it forward. >> this is huge for me. >> you're deserving. you're great. and you're going to be a great addition to our family. >> i want to thank everybody that donated and channel 7 news, which was part of this. >> a new job now giving jane an escape from homelessness. >> where i'm going to be making more money and i won't are to work two jobs! >> amen to that. good luck, jane. cornell bernard, abc 7 news. >> awesome for jane. >> absolutely.
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>> and lucky, little lucky part of the deal. let's get to some consumer news. two recalls involving problems with super bowl rubarus. >> michael? >> 400,000 vehicles. and on the first of these, because of a stalling problem. the first recall involves 2018 outback and legacy vehicles. the software problem can stop the low fuel warning light from coming on. that's a problem. the second recall involves 2012 through '14 imprezas as well as 2013 brz xb crosscheck and toyota scion frs. in those vehicles, the engine valve springs could fracture causing the vehicle to stall. in each of the cases the dealer will offer a fix to the issue. if you don't hear from the manufacturer, contact me and we'll get things set up. soon you will be able to hail a driverless mercedes to run errands in san jose. daimler and bosch announced they
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will launch a program. like users in the san carlos-stevens creek corridor between downtown and west san jose will have access to program. the service will run via an app from daimler mobility services. the cars will have a safety driver and can be picked up from a destination location. then the vehicle will drive automatically to wherever it is you want to go. black friday is morphing into black november. walmart launched its black friday deals available now. electronics like laptops and tablets and tvs going on sale today. walmart said its big in-store sales will launch on thanksgiving day. best buy has also announced many of its black friday deals are available today as well. >> it's great. so you can get gifts for ama and me right now. you don't have to wait. >> i don't have to wait! >> thanks, michael. the national toy hall of fame is celebrating three new inductees. see if they're any of your
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favorites. here they are, the magic 8 ball, the pinball, and uno, the card game. >> ooh, uno. >> used to play a lot of uno. they're chosen from a field of 12 finalists. among them, american girl dolls. probably had one. chalk, chutes and ladders and tickle me elmo. tickle me elmo was huge. it now has 66 members. >> draw four, draw four. >> i remember magic 8 ball. are you going to be rich? no. >> clearly not.
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world's best inflight entertainment. fly emirates. fly better. tonight in primetime on abc 7, 8:00, we start with "grey's anatomy." then at 9:00 it is "station 19" followed with "how to get away with murder" at 10:00. and stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. as michael just told us, it's never too early to get into the holiday spirit. >> not at all. jessica castro from abc 7 mornings with some ideas from our partners at hoodline. >> when it comes to the weather, it may not feel quite like the holidays yet, but it's never too early to enjoy a cup of cider, and i'm talking about alcoholic craft cider. check out the fall cider festival this sunday at spark social sf in mission bay. drink in the christmas of fall from noon to 5:00 p.m. and you may know that the ice rk in union square is opening this weekend. but did you know every weekend
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until late january, you can get free skating lessons from a pro. lessons take place every saturday and sunday morning, but you do interest v to get there early, from 8:30 to 9:30. all ages are welcome and it's totally free. and speaking of free and early birds, a lot of national and state parks are offering free entry for veterans day. that includes muir woods. and if you're looking for an extra special experience, try a free sunrise guided tour. it started at 6:30 a.m. it's a three-mile stroll, and will show you the park like you've never seen it before. it is free. make sure to bring a warm drink like coffee and make sure to bundle up. for other ideas go to i'm jessica castro for abc 7 news, and have a great weekend. >> lots to check out. and you can get the latest news any time with the abc 7 news app. it has enhanced live video features, more personalization and personalized push alerts to get more of the news you want delivered to your phone in realtime. . can you ice skate?
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>> somewhat. i can stay up. i can stay afloat. can you? >> i fell works you laugh? >> yes. >> that's what i thought. >> i'm going to be honest. >> thanks for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. help get these people out of here. the homes, the homes are becoming involved. >> couldn't unit be advised. on clark road at skyway, there is a woman in labor. >> this wildfire north of success growing fast, growing by about 80 football fields every minute. some are leaving on foot, others driving in treacherous conditions. >> we had to drive through the fire. it was pretty hot. >> we are live on the fire lines tonight with the latest. plus -- >> what about her will you miss? >> everything. she's -- i don't know, everything. >> a bay area teenager is among the 12 people killed in a mass shooticalifornia. we're there live as new video
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emerges of the hail of bullets. [ gunshots ] >> now from abc 7, live breaking news. >> all units, we've got four people trapped. >> we're at skyway. we've got the road completely blocked. we've got both sides of the road open. >> a fierce, desperate battle is being fought right now four hours north of san francisco. tens of thousands of people are being evacuated. >> i was just getting from downtown and it's just a cloud of gloom. >> terrifying, obviously. good evening. i'm dan ashly, and i'm kristen sze. that fire has grown to 28 square miles. that's bigger than the city of alameda. >> take a look at this map. you can see the campfire as it's called is burning east of chico, but pushing west towards chico as well. residents say the whole place was suddenly in flames. >> and we've just learned from the butte county sheriff that
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