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moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> a raging wildfire in in sierra, smoke spilling into the bay area, clogging up the air. a searing heat. it is a rough weekend with no immediate relief in sight. thank you for joining us. you are watching abc 7 news at 5:00, live on abc 7, hulu live, and wherever you stream. containment has gone up on the caldor fire. . the flames are headed east. there are concerns the weather is going to take a turn for the worst tomorrow and because the fire to explode in size, threatening more communities. smoke from the wildfire is blanketing the bay area, making for unhealthy air.
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adding the searing heat in many cities, it is a nasty start to the weekend. it is a triple threat between the wildfires, the smoke, and the heat. we have team coverage for you. cornell barnard looking at how this is impacting the bay area. drew tuma him and monitoring the conditions. we start with a stephanie sierra who spent the day on the fire lines. reporter: air quality here in southlake tahoe has gone from bad to worse. residents and businesses are faring what is to come, as the caldor fire is moving in this direction. a telltale sign is the smoke you see in the distance. the flames continued moving northeast from the community of strawberry. as the winds are picking up, the less you can see here on the lake. community preparing to evacuate any day now. orange smokies guys leaving behind an eerie haze of emptiness in south lake tahoe as the caldor fire inches closer. . what direction is the fire headed tonight? >> fire will probably be heading
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in the north northeasterly direction. reporter: the flames burning 12 mountain south -- 12 mile south. >> in the day, it is just like a ghost town. >> it's sad. there is really nothing but the casino. reporter: are fairly and jim pilgrims visited from oklahoma, a lonely one coming even worse for businesses. >> ones that are hurting. reporter: the city's main strip deserted. parking lots empty. golf course even depressing as hayes looms in the background. the air turning to ash. >> one of the days, the sky turned black. it was 4:30 in the afternoon. it looks like something out of the wizard of oz reporter: how would you rank the smoke? >> the worst i've ever seen by far. reporter: to give you an idea of how bad the air quality is, our a qi was around 150. now it is close to 50 -- close to 300. you can barely see the mountains in this bed of smoke. inside the bed of smoke, streets
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barely visible. fire crews wrestling with the flames, trying to save homes. >> too much. i think people have had it. reporter: day smith tells us it is a long road ahead. >> with the wind now, as you can tell, the inversion layer has lifted, so the fire activity will increase. reporter: leaving people like mccall bracing to leave. >> it we have to evacuate, we will evacuate. reporter: calfire says the next few days will be critical as fire crews battle the heat along with dry and windy conditions. we can even feel the wind picking up tonight on the lake. i will add as far as whether southlake will face any evacuation warnings tomorrow, calfire's j smith said it is unlikely at this point, but added anything is possible with the wind overnight. live in south lake tahoe, stephanie sierra, abc 7 news. kumasi: thank you. look at this. some eerie images coming out of the caliber fire zone. this video of a bear shrouded in smoke was taken yesterday in the
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town of strawberry. you can see that ash is falling as the bear tries to go about it today. smoke from the wildfires is choking the bay area this weekend. on top of it, we have a heat wave. checking and withdrew with more on that. drew: some of the poorest air quality we've seen all season. you can see the smoke, smelled smoke, it is not changing in the next whenever hours. air quality now is unhealthy for a lot of us. unhealthy for sensitive groups. the orange. cc across the bay area, unhealthy for everybody. sacramento, that is where the poorest or quality is found at this moment. this is the view from space over northern california, a few hours ago. you can see all of the smoke that is creating the air quality issues right now. you're on this evening, we do not anticipate any changes to the air quality. similar story for tomorrow morning. kumasi, everything changes on monday. we will have those details in the full forecast in a few minutes. kumasi: north, south, east,
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west, every direction you are looking in the bay area, you will see some haze. temperatures hitting the century mark. cornell barnard joining us from san rafael where we know you found a lot of people sweating it out. reporter: yeah, for sure. it is a really bad combination. it is hot, it is smoky, so much wildfire smoke from the north pumping into the bay area, leaving mountains in a very gray haze. many folks trying to stay safe and cool. skies were smoky in -- and and but soccer games were happening in berkeley, where coaches were monitoring the air quality index. >> you know what is going on, the air quality is bad. if they say it is ok, we just come and play. >> is the opportunity to get out a little bit and we jump at the chance. but if it gets really bad, i'm sure they will tell us we will
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have to reschedule for another time. reporter: san pablo coach jorge serrano was concerned about his players breathing so much wildfire smoke. >> i think if we stay under, we can play and stay safe. over 100, we've got to go home. we have to skip it. reporter: over 100 a qi is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. by late morning, the air quality map was moving from orange to red in some parts of the bay area. from our sutro tower cam, the golden gate bridge, a mere shadow. from the east bay, downtown oakland was hazy. the bay bridge vanishing in the smoke. along with the san francisco skyline. zach tannenbaum's track event in oakland got canceled. >> were going to have a team in her squad race, walking miller park. this morning, our coaches sent out an emailed saying there he was too high. which is 150. i think that is the unsafe range. reporter: the air and extreme heat was enough to send jim and
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his mom to the movies for some air-conditioned comfort. >> mom is elderly. her heart is not that good. we were just happy we could be in a theater inside. >> we had other n95's, but they were sold out. reporter: in 95 masks recommended by experts have been selling fast. lorraine says, get them while they last. >> ready comes in asking for the n95's for their quality. it protects you from covid. reporter: the bay area air quality management district says where that n95 masks you have one. . for anyone with health or respiratory issues, they say stay inside with your doors and windows closed if you can. try to say -- stay safe. cornell barnard, abc 7 news. kumasi: thank you. you can track the air quality for your neighborhood by going to our website, the real-time tracker is on our homepage.
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. it has the temperature in the wind speeds. protesters today demanded the u.s. take action against the taliban led government in afghanistan. united nation's plaza in san francisco coming on the international community to stand in solidarity and support the afghan people. >> there is so much suffering in afghanistan. right now, afghanistan needs its humanitarian aid, they need international solidarity. the afghan people have been left to tend for themselves and they cannot do that right now, especially the ones who have helped the west. kumasi: the group wants the u.s. to open its borders to afghans whose lives are at risk, and international support of a democratic system that includes impartial elections in afghanistan. overnight, the pentagons says a drone strike in afghanistan killed two high-level isis-k members. abc news reporter julie mcfarland tells us this comes as the united states begins to pull
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troops out of the area around the airport in kabul. reporter: overnight, the u.s. carried out a drone strike in afghanistan, and the hunger province targeting an isis-k planner. >> two high-profile isys targets were killed, and one was wounded. we know of zero civilian casualties. reporter: americans still in afghanistan were again told on friday to avoid the perimeter around the airport due to security threats. >> threats are still very real. we are taking all of the means necessary to make sure we remain focused on that threat string, and doing what we can for force protection. reporter: the state department says 5400 u.s. citizens have been evacuated. there are proximally 350 citizens still in afghanistan looking to leave. some may have already left. an additional 280 have been in touch with government officials, and either want to stay in afghanistan, or have not communicated their plans. pentagon confirming saturday morning the withdrawal of the
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5000 u.s. troops from the kabul airport has begun. >> we're going to complete this mission by the end of the month. we will do this in a safe and orderly way as possible. that includes being able to continue to evacuate until the end. reporter: we are learning more about some of those 13 servicemembers killed in thursday's attack. including navy corpsman max soviet and rain's corporal hunter lopez, and kareem the couey, david espinoza, jared smit, and riley mccollum, who was just three weeks from becoming a father. >> he was hoping to come back around the time the baby was born. he knew, he was excited. he would have been a great father. he was ready. he was happy. reporter: flags at the white house and all military personal naval safe -- stations will continue to be flown at half staff to honor those fallen servicemembers. julie mcfarland, abc news, london. kumasi: there are a lot of ways
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you can help afghan refugees. for ideas, go to /takeaction. on the same page, you will find supportive resources, especially for veterans during this difficult time. another signing of this country's reckoning with race and social justice. a ceremony today in santa cruz to remove a market that is viewed by some as a symbol of oppression and slavery. new developments with the elizabeth holmes case. who she is expected to accuse of special -- of sexual you doing okay with those new spicy tiny tacos, jack? yeah, it's funny some of those people you see, they... they can't handle it at all right? no, they can't. that's not you. that's not me. no. try my new spicy tiny tacos starting at $3.50.
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passengers. trains will operate along vta's orange line. limited train service will run along 1st street between civic center and old ironside's stations. they will not be collecting fares on light rail through september 12. light rail service was suspended for three months following the deadly mass shooting at the downtown san jose railyard. new developments in the trial of fairness founder elizabeth holmes three days before jury selection set to start. unsealed court documents show holmes may claim a decade-long abusive relationship with her former boyfriend and chief operating officer, sonny milano. the documents allege just seeing sunny or standing near him could trigger ptsd symptoms for homes. he denies these allegations. the 37-year-old homes is accused of misleading investors about her now failed blood testing started. a ceremony to mark a milestone for indigenous people in santa cruz this afternoon. they came together to celebrate the removal of the last alchemy
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in a real bell marker from city property. santa cruz city council agreed to take down the foul markers following request from the tribal band. members want all of the monuments that attempt to celebrate the dehumanization of the state's indigenous people to be removed. 2 i meet it -- drew: not only is the air quality poor for us, it is also a very hot day. here tracking really not only from the
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kumasi: checking in with you, drew. i know you are tracking a lot. drew: a lot going on. it is the air quality, today is the worst of the heat. tomorrow will be very warm for a lot of us to finish out the weekend. you can definitely see all of that smoke. here is that hand cam now. visibility is reduced.
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on a clear day, you can see the san francisco skyline, parts of the east bay. . that is not the case tonight. let's talk about the surface smoke. we are not going to see any changes over the next 10 to 12 hours. future tracker smoke showing you that smoke will stay overhead even for first thing on our sunday. late into sunday, then early into monday, we will start to see an onshore breeze kickin. that will help to push some of the smoke to our east. we will see relief from the smoke starting monday. and barely tuesday -- and really tuesday into wednesday. we had a spare the air day in effect. moderate to poor. what we are dealing with across the region. by monday, fresh air starts to move in. we fluctuate between good and moderate. that is likely where we will stay for the rest of the upcoming week. here is the other story. it is a hot day. earlier, san francisco hit 84 degrees. that would make it the warmest day so far this year. down to 74 in the city. warm in the east bay. 95, fremont.
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93, san jose. the northbay, it is very hot. 102, napa. the east bay at 102. high-pressure sitting over us. what that is doing it is acting like a heat pump but also forcing all of the elevated smoke to the surface. that is why the air quality has been bad over the last couple of days. that is why you are smelling that smoke more today and yesterday. the area of low pressure will move in monday and tuesday, cool us off, and bring us the fresh air. overnight, 50's, close to the coast. upper 50's and lower 60's around the bay shoreline, we will hang onto the warmth. 60's to low 70's. that creates the launching pad for another hot day away from the coast. by 9:00 a.m., spot warming into the 70's. it is off to the aim -- off to a mild start. islands time, many spots, 70's and 80's close to the water. likely into the 90's by lunchtime. another hot day for a lot of us. 100, antioch tomorrow.
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82, the forecast. 90, san jose. 90, santa rosa. cooler tomorrow in the city. 74 is a warm afternoon. it is smoky, still hot on sunday. by monday, we get better air quality. starting to cool off. by tuesday, that is when you feel the cooler weather hit you. for much of the week ahead, we start september cooler than average. kumasi: people looking forward to that thank you. now checking in with chris with what is coming up in sports. >> coming up in sports, college football is back. . a handful of games across the country. matt chapman comes up big with a bat against the bronx bombers as the pla
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>> abc 7 sports with chris alvarez. chris: da's have a major-league six-game losing streak while the visiting ling yankees have a best win at 13 and around. oakland needs to change. chris got hit with a line drive. faced last week in chicago. for the second time in three games, bob melvin ejected in the game. see you later. see you later on this baseball. matt chapman, the left-center. 3-0 on his 21st homer of the year. frank a montage pinching -- pitching into the seventh. back to all some. six strikeouts. he was great. sergio romo on the same.
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fresno state product aaron judge all rise. a monster 2-1 -- run. a's win three have into. they snap a six-game losing streak. just one preseason game stands on the way of the nfl regular season. tomorrow will mark the dress rehearsal game for the 49ers with the starters getting quality game wraps against the raiders for a 1:00 kickoff. you can expect to see jimmy garoppolo get more than one series tomorrow. coach shannon said he would like to get trail and some looks with the starters in this game as well. the biggest goal will be getting out healthy and finding a good rhythm before it counts for real on september 12 in detroit. >> i think having all of the guys out there would be really nice. getting into a good rhythm. we haven't had that yet. seeing where everyone is at, how we move, the tempo, all of those little things. that is what you look for in the dress rehearsal. >> we are going to go out there, play physical, for as long as we can. >> know it is more exciting for a preseason game when you have a
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team that has a tradition like that. anything that can add more excitement, i'm all for. chris: college football opened with a handful of games. the fighting larry beil's of hawaii taking on chip kelly and ucla at the rose bowl. the bruins rolling. zach carbonate, refusing to go down. get out of my way. 47 yards. 24-3. he had 106 yards and three touchdowns. they had trouble tackling him. . third quarter, look away, kawhi's punt is blocked. ucla rose 44-10. cal and stanford open next week. bulldogs hosting uconn. the fields temperature broke the thermometer. it was actually a contingency plan in case the cleats melted. late first quarter, aaron mosby forces that tumble -- the fumble. scores 7-0. bulldogs in front of the red haven. danville native jay kaner. finding jaelyn cropper. going to bounce off a tackle.
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turns on the jets. he is gone. 86 yards to the house. three touchdowns per fresno state wins 45-0 in about 90 minutes. san jose opening their season against southern utah. the first time there is fans in the south bay since 2019. that will be a lot of fun. kumasi: thank you. a little light during some dark homelessness, housing, taxes, water, electricity, crime, wildfires. [sfx: bear roar] gavin, you've failed. we have to immediately cut taxes twenty-five percent. fix housing and homelessness. and make life in california affordable again. i'm a businessman, the only cpa running. shouldn't we choose ability this time?
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jose brought joy to children fighting serious illnesses. the cruising for coastal kids home care prorated included old-fashioned cars and first responder vehicles. that parade one from presentation high school to st. john vna school. >> a lot of our children are on ventilators or have respiratory issues. this event allows them to come out, be outside, but be in their own cars with their own families, and participate and have a parade go by them. it is like a personal parade. it's just amazing. kumasi: love that. this is the second annual personal parade by a nonprofit that provides home care to children living with serious or life-threatening -- life limiting illnesses. at the final stop, a priest from saint v any made something for the kids. love to see that. that is all the time we have for abc 7 news at 5:00. we will see you back here for abc 7 news at 6:00.
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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the intensifying hurricane taking aim at louisiana. the warning from the national weather service. some areas may be uninhabitable for weeks or months. tonight, ida rapidly gaining strength over the warm waters of the gulf. more than 6 million americans now under a hurricane warning. louisiana bracing for landfall as early as tomorrow, 16 years to the day after hurricane katrina. that storm hitting as a category three. ida expected to strike as an extremely dangerous category 4. the storm hammering cuba on its way to the u.s. parts of new orleans under evacuation orders. cars streaming out of the city. long lines at the airport. residents filling sandbags. windows boarded up. federal medical teams arriving. helping hospitals already under


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