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live from the cbsn bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. streaming on cbsn bay area, it is hazy out there, as you can see, windy, hot, and a smoky, a recipe for fire, we've got to the latest on the red flag warning. >> we are also waiting for an update from the governor, but the first, let's check on your brother. so, we are watching those winds, also, the smoke as well, so, a lot to get to, first of
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all, i want to talk about that red flag warning, critical fire weather conditions for today into tomorrow morning for areas highlighted in red, the northbay mountains, and santa cruz mountains under that red flag warning, gusts earlier today up to 50 to 60 miles per hour in the higher elevations, and low relative humidity values, a tried cold front that kicked up winds and lowered relative humidity values, everything is just so dry, wind advisory in effect for the mountains, because of those are strong winds, could see downed trees and power lines, talking about the smoke, you can see how smoky it looks on our camera from the lake observatory, current air quality conditions tracking unhealthy error for parts of the east bay as well as for the northbay, also looking at unhealthy error over the santa cruz mountains, spare the air alert in effect, record
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alert for the bay area, looking at the daytime highs, not quite as hot as yesterday, still warm and hot, well above average, 15 degrees above for this time of year, extended forecast, going to cool down as we look ahead to the rest of the week. a patchwork of neighborhoods in the northbay are without power right now, with electricity cut off. kpix's emily turner is live with how people are cupping. >> reporter: you can already feel the spread flag weather, it is started at sunrise right when the power went off, while nobody wants fire here, they say they are frustrated with the way pg&e tries to avoid starting one. thousands of people in calistoga woke up in the dark, they will stay without power until wednesday at 9:00 p.m. when pg&e says they will try to have the lines reenergized, it is the first public safety
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stly rtyofving re. >> i flip on my genellon >> reporter: pg&e just completed this great last week, generators can power 1500 customers downtown, creating an island of electricity among a ring of powerless neighborhoods. it hasn't been tested. in a cool twist of irony, it sits silent, unused while people like dawn are without. >> put millions of dollars in to a facility that doesn't power the town of 5000, it is ridiculous. >> reporter: 2400 people in and around calistoga lost power. but they aren't covered by the microcredit because they are in areas of high fire danger, or attached to a power grid that is, as nurses, as well as homeowners, have had to adapt. >> we have our small camp lights and smaller candles,th no we probably won't work as long because of the heat. >> reporter: it puts a kink in an already crippled economy. >> it is the new normal, which
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is ridiculous. it is like living in rwanda. >> reporter: pg&e does say that they have worked really hard to lessen their re-energy realization times for those ea lose, y turnix 5. we evacuated over nig again, and sonoma county, this morning, all of those evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings, that is after a flare up of the walbridge fire near the russian river late last night, this is a view from windsor, it is burning west of the area, and still threatening areas of
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northeast, here is a time-lapse video of that flareup from the weather service, cal fire said some unburned islands within the walbridge containment lines became active with winds, resulting in a spot fire adndatorhe ip showing e ly evacuatisweetwatspinnoty, o rive nemaunder a frc middle of the night evacuation, first responders i spent the early morning hours going door to door and the process, as you can see here, the sheriff's office had to clear this tree that had fallen on sweetwater springs road, the walbridge fire is now 95% contained. just into the newsroom, firefighters have gained containment in mendocino county, the oak fire is scorching more than 800 acres near willits and is now 5% contained, highway 101 remains closed north of willits as edfire uld move ward mes and thm
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book trails, they are us helicopters anr help figs hillside. odmore than 135,000 acres, still 0% contained, at the creek fire, rescue options are still under way. >> reporter: military pilots attempted several remote operations to try and evacuate trapped hikers and campers near resno, california, but heavy smoke from the devastating creek fire stopped them out there every turn. >> they weren't able to land, several attempts that the day. >> reporter: the creek fire continued to burn out of control, this ethic plume of smcling toby waites ' home. >> i don't know how else to put it, it was totally devastating.
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>> reporter: this is what the community looked like before the fire. and this is after, ground zero where the creek fire got its name, and where, today, several neighborhoods have been reduced tobus unged, weight is the principal and superintendent. >> the school is a pillar of the community, it is where we gather, and to have that still standing, that is our beacon of hope, that r what started the fire, another blaze -- of the governor is giving an update on the response to these wildfires, let's listen in. >> 2020, as a comparison to the challenges we faced in 2019. as you can see from this chart, just shy of 5000 fires, this time here to date in 2019, already over 7500, in fact, 7606 wildfires so far in 2020, the number that is generated understandably more attention than any other is the next
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number you see, 118,000 acres were burned in 2019 by this time last year, you can see close to just shy of 2.3 million acres have been burned this year, historic is a term we seemingly often use here in the state of california, but these are numbers bear fruit to that assertion that this is historic, this is the largest fire season we have had in terms of total acreage impacted in some time in recent modern history, nonetheless, you put it in comparison terms, contrast to last year, it is rather extraordinary, the challenge we faced again, so far, this season, 2020. since just, well, august 15th, just a few weeks back, we have had over 900 fires statewide,
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25 major, what we've referred to as fire complexes, in the state of california, some 42,000 people still under evacuation orders, just since 8:15, since august 15th, 1.8 million acres have burned, so, again, the challenge has been made more acute in the last few weeks since the middle of august , primarily, not exclusively, but primarily because of the of strikes, lightning strikes, dry lightning strikes the state of california experienced over primarily a 72 hour period, ongoing dry lightning strikes that we experienced for a week extended, so this is a challenging year, it is historic, in terms of magnitude, scope, and consequence, it also has required us a deep reservoir of resources, nearly 14,000 firefighters currently deployed to on these fires, over 1900
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engines, those include, by the way, and gyms that have come out of state and engines in support that will come from the federal government, tragically we have lost eight lies so far, this wildfire season, and we know of, we of 3400 structures that have been destroyed, we know that number is an undercount as we repopulate areas as the smoke quite literally settles, and we are able to go back and assess the damage based upon this historic wildfire season, let me give you an update on the progress of active wildfires over the course of the last number of weeks, just a week or so ago, six days ago, i updated you on the lake napa complex of fires, 375 thousand acres, we were at 76% containment, today we are at 91% containment. the czu fire, down there, the santa cruz mountains, 46 percent contained last week, we
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are now up to 81% containment, progress on those two complexes of fires, demonstrable example, proof point of the great, the hard work, the determination of cal fire, or mutual aid system, and our partners across the spectrum, be it those that are on the front lines of from the california conservation corps, to those have that have come out of cdc are, our state penitentiary, working those lines and mitigating the spread and growth of those fires. the scu fire is now substantially more contained than it was a week ago, 95% containment compared to where we were just six days ago at 76%, let me mark both on the lnu complex and the scu complex, those two fires representing the second and third largest complex wildfires in state history, because of the wind events, i'm going to talk about that in a moment, those complexes are still spotty,
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meaning we are still having issues around containment, and why you see extraordinarily high containment numbers, 91% on the lnu, and 95% on the scu, that is not good enough, we still have work to do, particularly with these winds coming up, so i say that to highlight a point of caution, often times people say containment north of 50%, they take a deep breath and there is a sense that we have got these things absolutely under control, we have substantially made progress, it is demonstrable, but with the wind events that we are experiencing currently and what we anticipate over the next coming days, we have to be mindful that even with high containment numbers, those fires are anything but behind us, accordingly, the august complex, the fourth largest in the state's history, 261,000 acres last week, 20% contained, has grown to 356,000 acres in
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the last six days, and is only modestly improved in terms of total containment, you see there at 24%. i want to just update you as well on what has occurred over the course of the last weekend, new, active wildfires that generated a lot of attention, understandably, and appropriately, the creek fire in particular began in fresno county, it is now extended into madera county, it is primarily a federal fire, but there is a state overlay and i want to extend appreciation for that was afforded to the state of california, i want to think of fema for the support, the white house for their support in this space, that is currently 0% contained, and as of this morning, it was 143,000 acres, i want to just make this point,
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in a moment i will show you just a very brief video, we talk about great, we talk about determination, we talk about people that are committed to the job, not just interested in their job, that was demonstrated by real courage over the course of the weekend, where we had black hawk helicopters and chinook helicopters come in when the smoke was raving, meaning couldn't see very far, the visibility was problematic, we had 204 individuals that were wrecked skewed near mammoth pool, shaver lake area, with these helicopters that made their way in, you can see on this video some of the images of people that are coming off that helicopter, that was because of the bravery of our national guardsmen and women, i want to personally express deep respect and admiration on behalf of 40 million californians, but also on behalf of 214 families whose
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lives were spared, including we estimate 11 pets that were also helped in this rescue, there were night goggles used, once those air tankers were no longer in the way, at 7:00 p.m. at night, in the midst of all of the dead city of smoke, but a lack of visibility with those in night goggles, we were able to descend, find a safe place to land, and they made a decision, the right decision, to evacuate as many people as they did, i can assure you, safety always is top of mind, that they stretched the limits of capacity in terms of the utilization of these evacuations, protocols, as it relates to the helicopters themselves, and i think just deserve tremendous credit and of course, our personal admiration here at the office for a job well done, where
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training meets the moment, but always takes the courage, the conviction, and the great of real people doing real work. so, again, deep gratitude to the men and women that were out there, by the way, they were out there again today, evacuating 150 people and another 14, over 164 individuals were evacuated just this morning, in similar efforts, we have got about 17+ people that we are still working to evacuate in real time, information on that will be forthcoming, quite literally, momentarily over the course of the next few hours, ongoing rescue efforts and extraordinary effort over the weekend, demonstrably exampled by those images you just saw and many other images shared across this state and across this country. across the state, we continue to fight additional new active fires, creek fire being one, the valley fire now in san
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diego, 3% contained, some 17,000 acres impacted so far, the el dorado fire in and around san bernardino county, 10% containment, 16,000 acres, these are the new active fires that have come up over the course of the weekend, the el dorado getting a lot of attention, because it is a reminder that the vast majority of fires we have experienced on an annual basis come from individuals making bad decisions, or by simple neglect and accident, meaning 90 plus percent of the fires we experience in the state of california are man-made fires, el dorado, there is an investigation, those that may want to inquire more, all i can say is, we are investigating the facts, a lot has been reported on this, we are investigating the veracity of
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what has been reported, moreover, we have an investigation that is underway and when we are confident in the results that investigation, we will make it, as quickly as possible, that information public, it appears to be, at this moment, i say appears to be, an example of another fire that was not mother nature, but man-made in this case. the bobcat fire, another fire, we are monitoring down in l.a. county, 0% containment, 8500 acres, and the oak fire up and around mendocino, north of hillsboro, 5% containment, little less than 1000 acres, the reason i highlight these, we are highlighting these in our early-morning meetings, i want you to be familiar with what my team is communicating to be directly as areas of real focus, areas of ongoing concern as it relates to active wildfires in this state.
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it is not lost on anybody, particularly those that had to weather the weather over the course of this long holiday weekend, that we experienced yet another massive record- breaking heat wave over the last three days, highest temperatures ever recorded in los angeles county, 121 degrees, death valley, cool by historic standards, you recall death valley had 130 degree record, historic, arguably, world record temperature, a few weeks back, but once again, topping north of 120 degrees, 122, again, these temperatures felt all throughout the state of california, all throughout the west coast of the united states, and while things looked cooler in the pacific northwest, you still had a record-breaking temperature in other parts of the west coast of the united states as well, california being impacted in a
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scale and scope that makes, again, this a very challenging time in our state's history. obviously, these weather events have put a lot of pressure on our energy supply, energy use, you may recall, a few weeks back, i noted, as it relates to the pressure that we were facing on our energy capacity, energy supply, and our distribution system, that we averaged during the summer months, about 38,000 megawatts of energy use at peak, 38,000. we went about 47,000 megawatts over the weekend, so we have put historic pressure on our grid, as you know, a few weeks back, we initiated an investigation, by the end of the month, we should have all
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of the results of that investigation in real time, information is coming back from the california energy commission, the california independent system operator, and the california public utility commission, that is the three-legged stool of our energy supply and distribution, here in the state of california, and they are working in partnership, in a collaborative spirit, to make sure that we never run as close as we are running to that peak capacity, anywhere near 50,000 is a challenge for the state, anywhere north of 45,000 puts enormous pressure, that pressure was placed on as overdose weekend, this was an active weekend in every way, shape, and form, within that activity, your actions this weekend made a difference, we had advanced in emergency proclamations, helped us shift energy consumption, we worked with some of our largest ious,
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that is our independent operators, utility operators, pg&e, edison, and others, to look at shifting our peak power usage, we to put out information, psa's, and other public pronouncements, encouraging that consumption, you were able to shave, because of your actions, roughly 3000 megawatts, that was the difference, i just want to thank everybody that participated over this weekend, in their active engagement from the ports to the work done in hydroelectricity, all of this made it more challenging because the wildfires impacted some of our energy generation in the state, all these things are connected, this is a challenging time, but we are up to this challenge and we are committed and resolve not only to deal with this situationally, but sustainably address these issues across the spectrum, from energy to the issues of wildfires, i can assure you, want to make this
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crystal clear, we are actively engaged in not only the moment, but actively engaged on medium and long-term solutions, fundamental solutions, to address these extreme events that are now becoming almost normalized, impacting disproportionately the state of california, i have no patience, i say this lovingly, not as an ideologue, but as someone who prides himself on being open to argument, interested in evidence, i quite literally have no patience for climate change deniers, it is simply, it follows completely inconsistent, that point of view, with the reality on the ground, the facts as we are experiencing, you may not believe it, but your own eyes, your own experiences tell a
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different story, particularly in the west coast of the united states, particularly here in the state of california, california leads in low carbon green growth, we will accelerate those efforts, we will be mindful, of making sure we do it effectively and reliably and safely, with cost considerations always in mind, nonetheless, never have i felt more of a sense of obligation, sense of purpose to continue to lead and maintain california status internationally, not just nationally, in terms of addressing the issue of climate change head on, so i just want folks to know that resolve is resonant with this administration, i know the california legislature, we will continue to advance those efforts, recognizing that some of what we predicted, which people felt was extreme at the time, has now presented itself much earlier than even those extreme predictions, that now requires us to look at a new,
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forgive me, abraham lincoln, but to act and do in terms of our approach and our discipline in terms of addressing these challenges head on. speaking of challenges that we have to address head on, we have now events, very well known here in northern california, santa ana wind events, experienced in southern california and parts of santa barbara, these sundown wind events all occurring the last 24 hours, the next 24 to 48 hours, wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, so while we have averted these blackout issues, we obviously now have got to reintroduce our preventative mindset, that is why pg and e, some of the largest independent system operators, independent utilities here in the state of california, edison included, have new protocols, new processes, new procedures, now
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is impacting 23 counties in the state of california, you see 171,000 customers been impacted so far by pg and is actions, edison is looking potentially today, likely tomorrow, potentially as early as today to impact customers in six counties, we have new covid-19 -- >> you have been watching an update from the governor, our coverage continues streaming on the huge firefights still happen, 900+ fires across the state, 1.8 million acres burned since august, 3400 structures destroyed, 14,000 firefighters are deployed to get those files contained, crews are getting the upper hand on some, not so much on others, concerns still remain because of wind events, or from the governor on cbsn
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bay area, coming up at 1:15, here from santa clara county officials on the businesses that make it the green light to reopen, just had to that is going to do it to four kpix 5 news afternoon, remember, we are on 24/7 on cbsn bay area, streaming on >> our next newscast is at 5:00, have a great afternoon, everyone.
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♪ >> justin: anything else? >> bill: that's not enough to keep you occupied? >> justin: i was being facetious. >> bill: i thought you liked staying busy, especially since your social life has been on dry dock these days. >> justin: [ laughs ] listening to you, i'm pretty sure i could say the same about yours unless there's something that you're not telling me. >> bill: is that your obnoxious way of asking me about katie? >> justin: i'm asking you about brooke. i know how you feel about her. it must be frustrating. >> bill: well, what do you mean? just because she's still hung up on that pathetic loser forrester even though he's married to shauna now? yeah, it's a little frustrating. >> justin: so what are you gonna do about it? >> ridge: yeah, i'd like to know that, too. if you're planning on making another little play for brooke, we're gonna have a problem.


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