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the movie will end phase four of the marvel cinematic universe. it will be in theaters december 11. as we come on the air tonight, the massive fire burning out of control in central california. governor newsom declares a state of emergency for mariposa county. thousands of firefighters are battling the massive blaze, which has exploded in the past 48 hours. the oak fire already consuming more than 14,000 acres near yosemite national park. 0% contained. the extreme drought fueling the flames. the third fire in the area in recent weeks, forcing thousands from their homes. firefighters racing to save residential areas, but for some it's already too late. alex presha from the fire zone. the life-threatening heat blanketing the country. major cities in the northeast are smashing records.
boston hits the triple digits. new york city cuts its triathlon in half amid the city's longest heat wave in nine years. when will it all end? the severe weather in the midwest now moving east. rob marciano times it all out. the rising concerns over monkeypox. dr. jha says u.s. health officials are now weighing whether to declare a public health emergency, one day after the w.h.o. sounded a global alarm due to a growing outbreak. >> the update from the white house. president biden's physician says his condition is improving significantly and he will continue paxlovid as planned. maryalice parks with the latest. pope francis arrives in canada hoping to right a wrong by the church, apologizing for the church's role in what was done to tens of thousands of indigenous children, taking them from their families to religious schools where they were forced to give up their language and cultures. meeting indigenous leaders -- what those leaders are hoping to hear from the pontiff. abc's marcus moore in edmonton. the giant volcanic eruption in japan. officials put the area on the highest alert, ordering
evacuations. swimmers on high alert in cape cod. dozens of shark sightings over the weekend the closure of one beach. the terrifying close call off plymouth, massachusetts, when a whale slams into a fishing boat. and our america strong. the survivors, the enormous mountain, and the strides th >> ann: om abc world news headquarters in new york, this is "world news tonight." good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us on this sunday. i'm linsey davis. tonight, thousands of firefighters in california are battling a raging wildfire near yosemite national park. just in the past 48 hours, the oak fire as exploded in size. the governor there declaring a state of emergency. more than 6,000 residents have been forced from their homes. the region's extreme drought is fueling the flames. firefighters there are working around the clock trying to get the upper hand on the raging fire.
the blaze is still zero percent contained. the intense heat is creating smoke plumes that reach hundreds of feet in the air, restricting visibility. 2,000 homes and businesses are in danger. for some it's already too late. the fast-moving fire has consumed several structures. tonight, thousands are without power, and pse&g is not giving any indication about when it will be restored. abc's alex presha leads us off again tonight from the fire zone. >> reporter: tonight, a state of emergency in mariposa county. the oak fire gaining ground overnight, consuming more than 14,000 acres, the blaze raging near yosemite national park. emergency crews working around the clock, on the ground and in the air, but so far 0% is contained. >> you can see further down the road the fire really starts to intensify. it really is a challenge because of the amount of heat in the fuel. it makes it challenging for our
firefighters to fight these fires. >> i see the bulldozers behind us. it looks like they're clearing space? >> this is the beginning of that fire break they're starting to put in. they're trying to remove that flammable material away from the edge of the fire so when the fire backs up to it, the fire goes out. >> reporter: mariposa county is home to more than 17,000 people. firefighters trying to protect residential areas, but for some it's already too late. this is the new reality for so many residents that live here. charred remains of a once normal life. patio furniture, cups, toys, all destroyed. portions of the county under mandatory evacuation orders. >> i knew this was a tinder box that was going to have to burn sometime. we made it out. i can always rebuild. >> reporter: thousands of residents uncertain of what the future holds. >> it's touch and go. you know, the new fire activity in the daytime now, there's -- it can go any direction, it seems like. we're hoping for the best because we don't know yet if the house is there.
>> reporter: linsey, going forward we're expecting a continuation of these hot and dry conditions. also a concern for dry lightning. but one of the things that firefighters continue to stress is the key factor in fighting this fire is the wind. linsey? >> dry and windy, not a good combination. alex, thank you. we turn now to the life-threatening heat that's blanketing much of the nation. the northeast is sweltering as the mercury crossed into the triple digits today in several major cities. boston reaching 100 degrees, prompting officials to extend the heat emergency there. here in new york, officials cut the annual triathlon in half out of concern for the athletes. abc's phil lipof is in new york city tonight where the city is opening cooling centers to try to help residents here cope. >> reporter: tonight, the life-threatening heat wave still suffocating the northeast. >> too hot. too hot. extremely too hot. >> 89 degrees at 9:00 tonight. so if you have dinner plans, make sure they're inside. >> reporter: in newark, new jersey 5 straight days of hitting 100 degrees -- the longest stretch on record.
record highs today from providence to boston, where the temperature there reached 100. in philadelphia, misting stations were set up outside the phillies' ballpark to help cool the masses. and new york city facing its longest heat wave in nearly a decade, cutting the distance of its annual triathlon in half today. >> and so since they shrunk it down, it's a bit disappointing but it's nice to know they're taking care of our health first. >> reporter: more than 500 cooling centers open in new york city to help residents without air conditioning. 90 million americans in all from texas to maine continue to battle that dangerous heat. heat so oppressive now deadly. at least five deaths reported so far. men, women, young and old. >> everyone is susceptible in this kind of intense heat. phil lipof joins us now live from central park. phil, as you just mentioned, when the heat and humidity are this extreme it can turn deadly. what kinds of warning signs should really grab people's attention? >> linsey, you're right.
deadly indeed. we've just learned to add to the deaths across the country, someone here in new york died because of the heat. heatstroke can come on really quickly in this kind of weather. so the cdc says look out for nausea, dizziness, headache, even confusion. f yourt happens, you're urged ta neck or even get in a cool bath to bring your temperature down. if that doesn't happen, they say call 911 immediately, linsey. >> some helpful tips for us there. phil, thank you. let's go straight to abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano. relief from the heat is in store for some, but millions now face severe storms. can you time this out for us? >> yeah, the front that's going to bring that relief is spawning some severe weather. we had winds gusting near 60 miles per hour, a lot of trees down in parts of new york and pennsylvania. you see it on the radar, we have a severe thunderstorm watch up for those areas for the next few hours, but the heat warnings and advisories still remain up. philly, you hit 99. 98 degrees as far as manchester, new hampshire, but it will be
cooler tomorrow after the front comes through. it will come through 1:00 to maybe 5:00 in the afternoon along the i-95 corridor. d.c., or way up through boston and maine, damaging winds, large hail, and yes, lightning, then cooler and drier. but then we reset the heat for the west. the pacific northwest, portland and seattle, excessive heat watches and warnings there over the next three days. temperatures are going to get up and over 100 degrees in the rose city. 101 expected as measured in the shade in portland. mid to upper 90s in places like seattle and boise, idaho, will get over 100 degrees as well. for this latitude and this part of the country, dangerous heat as well. linsey? >> no rest for the weary in that part of the country. rob, thank you. tonight, u.s. officials are weighing whether to declare monkeypox a public health emergency, one day after the w.h.o. sounded the alarm, infections worldwide are rising. more than 16,000 now confirmed in at least 75 countries. more than 2900 of those are right here in the united states. abc's elwyn lopez reports
tonight from the cdc. >> reporter: tonight, the biden administration says the u.s. considering whether to declare monkeypox a public health emergency. >> right now, we have over 2,000 cases, but we have ramped up vaccinations, ramped up treatments, ramped up testing, and we're going to continue to look at all sort of policy options. >> reporter: such a declaration would allow the health and human services secretary greater freedom to allocate emergency resources. the world health organization already sounding the highest level of alert over the outbreak, now impacting at least 75 countries with more than 16,000 reported cases. the u.s. with 17% of those cases, 900 cases in new york state alone. >> i noticed there are two lesions. the sores are very painful. >> reporter: the current outbreak primarily seen in men who identify as gay or bisexual, but anyone is at risk of exposure through close contact. the cdc warning that transmission can also occur through contaminated clothing and bedding.
this, as demand for vaccines in the u.s soar, prompting officials to order five million more doses to add to the hundreds of thousands already going into the arms of anyone who wants one. >> many rolling up their sleeves again and eager to do so. elwyn lopez joins us now live from the cdc in atlanta. so far, officials have confirmed five deaths due to monkeypox, all of them in africa, but so far, no reported fatalities here in the u.s.? >> reporter: that's right, linsey, the disease is rarely fatal. one can typically recover without treatment. symptoms though could take about week or even two to show up ater infection, and those can include rashes and fever, linsey. >> elwyn, thank you. tonight, the white house says president biden is feeling better, though his sore throat remains three days after his covid diagnosis. we're learning the 79-year-old president could be fully back at work later in the week. maryalice parks joins us from the white house. maryalice, the president's doctor today stated that the president's symptoms continue to improve significantly. >> yeah, linsey, the president's doctor sounds confident he's
doing well and feeling better. in his written statement today, dr. kevin o'connor, the president's physician, said he mostly has a sore throat, that his body aches have diminished. that though the president's voice is still deep, he said his lungs remain clear. he's still going to take that paxlovid, that antiviral pill. his staff says he's been working this weekend from the residence here at the white house. we're told that after the president completes five days in isolation he will test again and return to in-person work as soon as he tests negative, so that could be wednesday if he tests negative that morning. linsey. >> potentially just days away. maryalice, our thanks to you. we turn now to the visit by pope francis to canada where he's trying to right a wrong. the pope greeted by the prime minister and leaders of the indigenous community, apologizing for the church's role in what was done to indigenous families in the 19th and 20th centuries. more than 150,000 children were taken from their families and forced to attend religious schools where many suffered abuse.
abc's marcus moore is in edmonton. ♪ >> reporter: tonight, pope francis arriving in western canada as he fulfills a long-standing desire that the pontiff apologize on canadian soil for the church's role in a system to cut indigenous children from their heritage over the course of more than 100 years. it was part of the canadian government's goal at the time to "better assimilate" indigenous children into canadian society. in 2015, canada's national center for truth and reconciliation released a report finding children were punished for speaking their own languages, abused physically and sexually, calling it "cultural genocide." >> a survivor said, "the only thing i learned in the residential schools was how to hate myself." >> reporter: tony alexis is chief of the alexis nakota sioux nation. he's amonghose who called for pope franciso the pe issued an apology from te vatican earlier this year, but many still called for him to go further and to do so on canadian soil. >> it's a validation of what has happened with the church, and
how they've hurt and abused our people. >> reporter: the pope's visit comes only a year the discovery of hundreds of unmarked burials on the grounds of former residential schools, most believed to be the graves of children. >> it wasn't until the non-indigenous community started to speak about it that it became public, and that there was an urgency for this apology to happen here. >> reporter: the pope has been suffering from knee pain. in fact, he canceled some of his other foreign travel, but not this trip, signaling the importance of this apology after decades of hurt. linsey? >> marcus in canada for us tonight, thanks so much. we move now to the war in ukraine. russia now insists that its strike on the key black sea port of odesa hit only military targets including a war ship. president zelenskyy, though, says that attack destroyed the very possibility of dialogue with the kremlin, threatening the deal to end the russian blockade. abc's patrick reevell joins us tonight from odesa. >> reporter: tonight, uncertainty still in ukraine over when millions of tons of
blockaded grain might begin to move. it's harvest time here in southern ukraine. this farm here near odesa unable to ship their crops for months. this pile of grain is actually last year's harvest. there's about 250 tons of it, and normally it would already have been exported overseas, but because of russia's blockade it's just sitting here. the standstill driving up food prices, and exacerbating a growing global hunger crisis. a u.n.-brokered deal has opened a path to allow grain ships to start leaving again from ukrainian ports. but less than 24 hours after signing, russia struck odesa's port with missiles. ukrainian officials, though, say for now the deal continues. farmer vyacheslav namozhinsky still skeptical the agreement will hold. "russia will only truly negotiate," he says, "if ukraine gives it a punch in the teeth." ukraine is now trying to take the fight to russia. in the south, signs growing of a possible ukrainian counteroffensive. aimed at retaking the occupied kherson region.
ukraine this week striking the only three bridges russia has to supply its forces in the region's capital. video posted online showing all three damaged. ukraine's president, volodymyr zelenskyy, saying saturday ukrainian troops are pushing into the region step by step. that assessment echoed by britain's ministry of defense, which claimed russia's supply lines are increasingly at risk. it's still unclear how large the ukrainian counterattacks in the south are, but military experts are increasingly watching them and whether ukraine can mount a major offensive to try to retake some of its territory is becoming the key question this summer. linsey. >> patrick, thank you. now to a massachusetts beach temporarily closing today after a confirmed sighting of a white shark. the shark was seen about 75 yards off the shore of nawsett beach in cape cod. nearly two dozen shark sightings were reported in the area this
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>> i was in the arizona burn center for nine months to the day. >> this is isabella on day five of the trek. >> today we are on mount kilimanjaro. tomorrow is summit day. feeling good and really excited to go to summit tomorrow. >> reporter: after 5 1/2 grueling days all eight made it to the summit. >> hi, mom. i'm off the mountain. >> i did it! > i did it! >> reporter: reaching the mountaintop, literally and figuratively. and all the while, raising money, more than $350,000 for a brand new arizona burn center at valleywise health, where all eight survivors were treated. >> it's truly amazing to stand there with, you know, especially with the group i was with. >> reporter: this team, now stronger than ever, paying it forward with a message to us all about finding the best views after the hardest of climbs. inspiring us all. thanks so much for watching. david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm linsey davis in new york. have a great evening. good night. >> more americans choose abc news, america's number one news
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doubling in size overnight. the oak fire and mariposa county now more than 22 square miles as new reinforcements join the fight. thank you for joining us. to developing news on the wildfire, it is one of two burning right now in the yosemite area. the oak fire resulted in another round of evacuations today. cal fire says it is the biggest fire of the year and there is no containment. cornell barnard joins us now with a look at the strategy to fight the flames and the local fire crew involved. reporter: no time to lose. a strike team from the bay area is included in those fighting the fire. the fast-moving fire is forcing thousands from their homes. the oak fire is raging. this time lapse video showing smoke and flames high above the ridge in mariposa county. crews working around the clock on the ground and in the air. the wildfire growing so big it
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