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the firefight in the north bay. the glass fire continues to basically burn out of control threatening tens of thousands of homes in wine country. good morning to you. thanks for joining us on our newscast, i'm marcus washington. let's get to the latest fire numbers. four hours ago we got an update from cal fire. officials say the glass fire has burned more than 56,000 acres across napa and sonoma. containment 45%,. you take a look at the glass fire. you can see the perimeter of the
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wildfire assets grown overnight. look at this. right now fire crews are working around the clock holding containment lines in napa and sonoma counties but they are concerned about another round of red flag warnings. cierra is with us and the latest on the firefighter. >> reporter: firefighters are a step closer to determining what caused the fire that has so far burned thousands of acres throughout sonoma county. our crews have been cedar throughout the areas since the fire began and captured just how the fire impacted the town of cal stowing, a. we've been in contact with those determining how it all started. yesterday sources close to the fire investigation told nbc investigates they are focusing on electrical fencing at dancing bear ranch owned howell mountain. in terms of the firefighter cal fire said the blaze swelled to nearly 57,000 acres.
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several homes and wineries destroyed and the evacuation is ongoing. road closures are also making it tough for make working to keep those wineries on track in terms of delivering supplies and other winery necessities. >> stuff that you do will take no time to get to, it's frustrating. you have to figure out alternative routes to get there. as far as the fire goes, it comes and goes. one day the road will be open, the next day it will be closed. >> reporter: and the investigation how that fire began continues. we're hearing from the sell er near what is believed to be the starting point of the fire, they say they are aware of cal fire's investigation and fully cooperating. in calistoga, cierra johnson for nbc bay area news. >> cierra, thank you. governor gavin newsom expected to tour today. no word where and when it will
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be visiting. we'll bring you more of that visit in the afternoon newscast. new at 11:00 for you, firefighters have a if you tool. this is to help fight the wildfires burning in california now. the world's largest hela tanker ready for duty. it can drop more water or retardant in a single pass than any chopper out there. crews are hoping this equipment will make a difference. they said it could make its debut today. it's funded by so cal edison. our coverage continues on air as well as online. you can also find an air quality tracker. this is to help you keep track of air quality in your neighborhood. that's at speaking of air quality, we have issued microclimate, live look at the bay area right now. we are tracking unhealthy air, coming heat wave, flex alert.
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kari hall warning us about it for days. kari, break all of this down for us. >> there's so much to watch. we can see how terrible it is outside. we really can't see the sun right now. we're watching for that red flag warning that will go up at 1:00 this afternoon. that means that the winds will increase, the humidity will continue to drop, and we have that along with this heat advisory really hot temperatures for today, including all of the bay area with the exception of the immediate coastline. we also have the spare the air alert with the unhealthy air quality continuing today as well as tomorrow with some minor improvements as we head into the weekend. once again we do this a flex alert where we should conserve energy starting at 3:00 this afternoon. these are the areas included in the red flag warning. but the national weather service also expanded that for the diablo range, parts of oakland hills, and over towards santa cruz mountains. as we can also see potential for new fire starts and also quickly spreading flames. that's really of high concern as
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we go into today due to the conditions we are seeing right now. let's go through this wind forecast. once again the red flag warning begins at 1:00, and we're also going to start to see winds picking up from the northwest starting at 15 to 20 miles an hour, then increasing as we go into the day tomorrow with a potential of some higher gusts especially as you go up above 1,000 feet. so high winds not a good combination especially as that glass fire continues to grow with very little containment. so these next 36 hours are very critical. i'll have another look at the forecast, as well as looking ahead to the weekend, that's coming up in a few minutes, marcus. >> looking forward to that, kari. >> as kari was mentioning, a heat advisory went into the if for most of the bay area. bob redell live, really not a bad idea to stay inside, bob, if you can. >> reporter: correct, marcus.
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the other reason, the hills behind me, you can see the hazy smoke over the tri-valley. that's smoke from the glass fires up in napa, sonoma where cierra was just reporting from. as a result bay area air quality management district has extended a spare the air day for today and tomorrow. this is a warning for children, senior citizens, people with heart and lung conditions to stay inside. for the rest of us, you want to limit your time outdoors. the national weather service, as kari was mentioning that heat advisory for our area, starting at 11:00 a.m., a few minutes ago, running until 8:00 tonight. temps are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal. we could easily see temps over 100 degrees in the interiors. earlier we spoke with members of 24 hour fitness that just reopened for indoor operations at limited capacity. >> i'm asthmatic. so being exposed to this, i'm at high risk. going to the gym, like i said, looking for that routine, that cadence, you know, taking care of yourself.
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>> it's difficult. you don't know whether keep the mask on for the coronavirus, get out in the fresh air that's not fresh anymore. it's great to be back inside maintaining the safety. >> reporter: now, while you're being advised to stay inside, avoid bad air and high temps, you're going to want to use your air conditioning. the cal iso, state's independent system operator for electrical grid is saying hold on, i want you to think twice about this. iso issued statewide flex alert. that means everyone needs to conserve energy use specifically from the hours of 3:00 this afternoon and 10:00 tonight. iso predicting a strain on the grid because of these high temperatures. reporting live here in dublin, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> stay warm out -- cool out there if you can, bob, thanks. the white house once again really tried to clarify president trump's unusual answer at the debate when asked if he would condemn white supremacists. scott mcgrew, it really seems like a simple question with a
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simple answer, but it's anything but. >> it really has been. the simple answer is just yes and then you're done. it doesn't last all of these days. but the president, as you well know, marcus, has a very unique speaking style. when asked at the debate he went on to say sure and went on to muddle the answer. he was asked at the white house, would he condemn the action of the proud boys. he said he didn't know who they were. eventually he did say i've always denounced any form of that. reporters asked the press secretary this morning, will you just say from the podium in the white house the white house condemns white supremacists. she would not -- she was asked three times and she did insist the president had laid this issue to rest. >> i'd like to ask you for a definitive and declarative statement without ambiguity or
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deflection. as the person who speaks for the president, does the president denounce white supremacist and the groups in all their forms. >> do you right now denounce white supremacy -- of i said -- >> you knew you were going to get these questions. you could say we do unambiguously denounce -- >> the president specifically, verbatim, was asked yesterday white supremacy, do you denounce them, to which he responded, i have always denounced any form of that. >> the white house said the president would participate in the earlier debates. earlier the trump campaign said it didn't want the commission on presidential debates to change any of the prearranged parameters of the debates. it's pretty clear there will have to be some kind of change controlling the way the participants microphones work in the future. other news, cornell
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university took a look at all of the misinformation and said 38% of the time the incorrect information out there can be attributed to, or in some way associated, with the president. the study's authority says the president of the united states was the single largest driver of misinformation around covid. >> all right. there you have it. scott mcgrew for us this midday. scott, thank you. supreme court justice nominee amy coney barrett continues her meet and greet with lawmakers on capitol hill. she's scheduled to meet individually with 10 republican senators including ben sasse of nebraska, a member of the senate judiciary committee. senate confirmation hearings for judge coney barrett scheduled october 12th. democrats have little power to stop her nomination. oakland a's return to the field in less than half an hour from game three of the wild card series. this the deciding game of the series at noon at the coliseum.
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this the best of three. if the a's win today, they will play the astros at dodger stadium in the best of five. the a's came out swinging. in a second inning. a's leading by two. marcus sio simeon hits a two-ru homer. a's win 5-3. that's how marcus should do it. coming up, getting ready for 49ers on sunday night football the way nbc is helping out those in need before this weekend's game. turbulent timeses for t the airline industry. the number of workers being laid off as fewer people travel. plus kelly clarkson surprises two high school players, steph curry showing up. you have to see what curry has to say about following your dreams. you can watch "the kelly clarkson show" right here on nbc bay area. that's coming up for you this afternoon at 3:00.
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taking california for a ride. companies like uber, lyft, doordash. breaking state employment laws for years. now these multi-billion-dollar companies wrote deceptive prop 22 to buy themselves a new law. to deny drivers the rights they deserve. no sick leave. no workers' comp. no unemployment benefits. vote no on the deceptive
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uber, lyft, doordash prop 22. one ride california doesn't want to take.
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welcome back. chrissy teigen has suffered a miscarria miscarriage. this is following a recent hospitalization. teigen took to social media sharing that heartbreaking news. she was expecting baby number three with singer john legend. teigen wrote in part, quote, we are shocked and in kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before, end quote. our hearts go out to their family. you know what, san francisco restaurants, they are back open for indoor dining for the first time since march. china live on broadway set its tables and welcomed diners inside last night. so the owners say one challenge for them is they have so much space. so for 200 days they have to pay that rent and energy cost but no customers -- or very few of
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them. now all restaurants in the city can have 25% capacity indoors up to 100 people. >> so that only means for 16,000 plus square feet, maybe 40 or 50 diners, but it's a start. >> this is my favorite place. so when i heard we can open up and they are opening up indoors, this is the first place i thought to come visit. restaurants must have health screen for diners and you will have to wear masks at all times, of course, unless you're eating or drinking. oakland international airport will offer free covid rapid results starting next tuesday. it will be for airport and airline workers as well as for travelers heading to hawaii. so the tests are provided by city health urgent care. general public can get free tests as well by scheduling an appointment. as we've been reporting, united and hawaiian airlines are heading to hawaii from sfo. alaska airlines says it will start doing the same as well.
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people going to hawaii must show proof of a negative test result. a live look for you at sfo, which has been much emptier than usual the past six months because of the coronavirus. this morning thousands of airline employees wake up to some bad news and what was already trying for millions of american families, several major air carriers laying off thousands of workers an calling for a life line from capitol hill. nbc's blayne alexander has the story.y. >> repeporter: thihis morningg fufuture of ththe airlinene ind isis up in the air. starting today thousands of employees from multiple airlines are being furloughed after congress failed to reach a deal on a new relief package before the october 1st deadline. on the line, pilots, flight attendants, gate agents and more. industry giants hit hard. american airlines forced to cut 19,000 jobs. united 13,000, telling employees in a letter today is a very sad day for all of us as united.
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wilmer alvarez got notice. >> that's not the flight attendant's fault. >> he's scared of losing health insurance not just for himself but mother and younger brothers all relying on him. >> four years ago i thought this was going to be a lifetime career for me. me being told last summer i will be furloughed october 1st was really heartbreaking. >> reporter: airlines already received $25 billion life line from congress back in may, money used to save jobs. but the airlines say that money rang out at the end of september. with air travel still down 70%, carriers are looking to congress for a second round of help. house speaker nancy pelosi and treasury secretary steve mnuchin locked in talks over a sweeping reform package. >> we're very clear we want to spend money on more ppp. we want to make sure that hotels, that the airlines get business. >> both delta and southwest say
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they have been able to hold off on layoffs for now. the airlines impacted say they are aiming to reverse course once they get aid. industry experts warn it's going to come fast. as services cut small armirport and airports around them and jobs around them are affected. it's a real cliff, a real deadline. [ closing bell ] >> there's the opening bell of the new york stock exchange where the dow is down 77 points right now. it actually fell 100 points as stimulus hopes fade. investors are feeling good about last week's unemployment numbers after they came out. first time unemployment claims totalled 830,000 last week, a lower number than economists had expected and a drop in claims for the week before. marking the fifth consecutive week, first time jobless claims under a million. this is after staying there for
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five months following the mid march shutdown. california's numbers, though, they are not included in the latest weekly tally. according to the labor department, the state is taking two weeks off for processing those claims as it looks to implement fraud prevention technology. governor gavin newsom signed a first of its kind law. they approved, this is a task force, that will consider paying reparations for slavery. a task force will study proposals for potential reparations for descendants of those enslaved and those impacted. the group will make their recommendations to lawmakers by 2023. developing a storm of smalle in imperial valley, 180 miles east of los angeles, areas known as a network of small faults that connect to san andreas and imperial faults. they recorded 75 quakes starting
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around 4:00 p.m. yesterday. quakes measuring 2.5 to 4.9 magnitude. those quakes are a stark reminder about why the south bay's largest reservoir is about to go its biggest change ever, anderson reservoir. it needs to be rebuilt for earthquake safety and 11-year makeover begins today. 56 million gallons of water a day will be drained, and it will take months to empty. happening now for you, are you ready for some football food favorites? yes. this is a live look for you. this sunday night football grill. due to the pandemic nbc sports decided to put a twist on the sunday night football bus, and now the food truck is here in the bay area. right now the food truck is in the safe way in menlo park. the truck is serving stadium, concession food to essential workers and firefighters. later the truck will be at the
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santa clara fire department and tomorrow at the humane society of silicon valley. you can watch the 49ers and the eagles game right here on nbc bay area. sunday night football coverage starts at 5:00 p.m. all right. before we get to sunday, kari, we have to get through the workweek. the air quality out there certainly not something to mile about right now. >> it's been so bad. we can't even go outside today as our temperatures start to warm up. we're barely able to see anything as we look across cameras, visibility is pretty low and haven't seen much of the sun. as we look at temperatures, mostly in the 70s, seeing a few spots already starting to make it into the low 80s as we check out concord as well as san jose. we're up to 83 in san martine with high temperature in morgan hill reaching 100 degrees today. it is going to be so hot.
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102 in antioch and 99 in napa. in san francisco a high of 78 degrees, i should say, and 87 today in oakland. so our temperatures feeling hot, air quality is poor. as we go to tomorrow, probably more of the same, ash falling as fires continue across the north bay and very unhealthy air quality. it looks like as we go into the weekend, there should be some improvements in our air quality as we get a shift in the wind, more of a wrl wiesterly wind th should bring in better breezes. today, october 1st, is the first day of the rainy season. we're definitely welcoming that in, because we are now in extreme drought conditions, especially around the fire zones, but we're not seeing much in the way of drought conditions across parts of southern california. as we look at the bay area, so long since we've had a good rain
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here and throughout the winter. we didn't get enough to help catch us up, so you can see the bright reds, those areas in the north bay in an extreme drought right now. we, of course, have continued to watch for the potential of any rain. all of the storms have been tracking way to the north. it looks like there could be some changes as there goes to the middle to end of next week as high pressure backs off. it's going to keep our temperatures from warming up as much and then possibly we'll be tracking some tropical moisture toward the end of that forecast period next week. it looks better after we get past the nefrl several days. we have the high fire danger to watch out for with high wind. this weekend our weather starts to improve and that continues into early next week, also looking better in san francisco with cooler weather head thad way. marcus. >> all right. thanks, kari. coming up for you, a washington iconic landmark back
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open. the changes you'll see in washington at the washington monument. first happening now for you, scattered protests in hong kong today defied a police security blanket aimed at cracking down. they swarmed an anti-government march in hong kong. hong kong was rocked by anti-government protests last year. that prompted beijing to pass a new national security law aimed at stopping the marches. we'll be right back.
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happening today, an iconic american landmark is back open. the washington monument only allowing a few visitors. newly remodeled elevators will take people to the observation deck 500 feet up. washington monument was closed because of an earthquake in 2011 and cracking inside the monument. then the elevator broke followed by the recent pandemic. okay. last look at that forecast for us out there, kari. >> it's going to be hot again today. take it easy but limit your time outside. we're looking at highs that will reach over 100 degrees and still pretty hot tomorrow as well as those high winds, the dry winds picking up, also fanning the flames possibly. we'll continue to monitor that and slightly cooler for the weekend. it's looking a little bit better as we go into next week, marcus.
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>> thanks, kari. that does it for the newscast, the next at 5:00. don't forget, you can always get the latest on have a great one.
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