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live, from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix5 news. now on kpix5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, a five-alarm fire forces people out of buildings in oakland's chinatown. dozens of firefighters responding. good afternoon, i'm michelle griego. >> and i'm len keys. anne makovec is at the live news desk following that oakland shooting. >> reporter: yeah, luckily that fire is under control. but the area is still a smoky
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mess. let's ta the fire. you can see some smoke sight now, this was in the chinatown district on webster street. it broke out around 8:30 a.m. crews think it raced between two buildings in a tight space and got inside this building. they had to cut into the roof as you see there to gain access to the fire on the second floor. here is another view from the ground. the building houses several businesses including the rang dang vietnamese restaurant. 70 firefighters on scene successfully prevented the fire from spreading to the buildings next door which were evacuated including a bank. >> the old buildings, were they built really closely to their neighbors so it always creates an issue with exposures. we want to protect the exposure at the same time that we are taking care of be so tight. >> people all over oakland and
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alameda posted video and pictures from the scene this morning of the smoke and the flames. we found this video on the citizen app. no injuries to report. webster street is going to be closed down at least throughout this afternoon. so be aware of that if you are headed through downtown oakland. i'm anne makovec, back to you. >> and we brought you live coverage of the chinatown fire on cbsn bay area. you stream us 24/7 on new details on a deadly mass shooting in the south bay. officials now say there are more victims than they first realized. it happened at a vigil near san jose state. emily turner has the latest on the search for the gunman. >> reporter: police updated the total number of people involved in this shooting to six. of those six, two of them are dead. the four who were injured are expected to survive. now, the hunt is on for not only the shooter but also a motive. this san jose neighborhood
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became a major crime scene overnight thank sos what witnesses describe as a deadly drive by shooting. two young men are dead. one of them a father of two young children shot in front of his wife and babies. they were gunned down at a vigil. >> one person gettis one too many. this is a very tragic situation. we have two people who are deceased. people who have family. so we really need the public's help. >> reporter: gunfire rang out frs anfamily were at a memorial for a victim of a traffic accident. >> i was in my room working on my laptop. heard five shots and a bunch of screaming. there were a couple of cars skirting. i told my wife let's shut the lights off and lock the doors. >> reporter: it happened near south eight street and margaret. students live in many of the
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apartments in the area. since the pandemic hit, the neighborhood doesn't feel safe anymore, they say. >> it has been a different vibe since things have been online, there's not as many students around and more people looking for trouble. >> reporter: police are looking into a call that was made just about an hour-and-a-half earlier. a report of gunshots being fired on this very same block. so far, when it comes to the fatal shooting, they have no arrests. they also don't have a suspect description, but they do say despite all of concerned about their safety though no one is in custody. emily turner, kpix5. new at noon, the search is also on for a driver who hit two oakland police officers this morning. here is video from the scene around 7:00. police say the officers were approaching a car when the driver put it in reverse and dragged one of them 15 feet. no word yet on a suspect or how the officers are doing. to the orm watch now, sally has weakened to a tropical storm as it hits the
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gulf coast but it continues to bring dangerous wind and huge amounts of rain. here is a live look in florida. you can see the conditions and the rough surf. haslatest. >> reporter: hurricane sally came ashore early this morning lashing coastal alabama and the florida panhandle with torrential rain and punishing winds. >> wow, this hurricane is no joke. >> reporter: the slow moving storm strengthened into a category 2 overnight with winds of 100 miles an hour, ripping apart homes like this one in mobile. the rain has been so relentless, it punched holes into this gas station shelter. this alabama resident evacuated to a hotel and worries about what he will go home to. >> i worry about the trees taking my roof off or something like that. >> reporter: on dolphin island, alabama, the storm shredded and rv, ripped the wall off this build and nearly toppled this structure. parts of florida are seeing
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extensive damage as sally ripped up waves and triggered flash flooding. you can see how flooded the roads are as hurricane sally hit us here in fort walton beach florida. it made landfall triggering tornado and flash flood warnings here. sally is expected to dump rain from florida to mississippi which could lead to damaging storm surge and historic flooding in the region. >> this someone just so sporadic. sally is all over the place. >> reporter: louisiana felt the effects. storm surge overcame levees in saint bernard parish. hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in florida and alabama are without power and the full extent of damage will not be known until it moves further inland. to our weather now. a live look outside, clearer, fresher air over much of the
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bay area today. meteorologist mary lee is here with a closer look at the condition. >> it looks so much nicer out there. you can see good air quality across the bay area. this is a dramatic change from what we have been seeing over the last several days with the smoky skies. checking current aqi values and just how much better it is. ú25 in san francisco. 22, san jose. 10 for up in santa rosa as well as heelsburg. seven in vallejo. san rafael, 8. here is a live look with our treasure island camera where we are catching some sunshine out there. as we go through the next few days with that strong ocean breeze kicking in, we are looking at the better air quality. so, it does look so nice to breathe in that fresh air. to see those blue skies and that clear air across our bay area. so, we are looking as we head
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through the workweek, we will continue with that sea breeze to help mix out that smoke. daytime high, seasonal for this time of year, mid 80s in concord, low 80s in san jose. mid 70s in oakland and upper 60s for san francisco. so there we go with the extended forecast. the sea breeze continuing as we head through the workweek. temperatures cooler because of the ocean breeze, we will be tracking the chance for some offshore winds as we look to the weekend. back to you. >> all right mary, thank you. governor newsom is giving an update on the wildfires and also the pandemic in our state. let's listen in. >> here in the state of california, i have long believed and held a bias that shelters may solve sleep. but, housing and supportive services, foundationally, can help address more permanently the issue of homelessness and as a construct, we were able to advance this year an effort we refer to as project home key.
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working with legislature, with their leadership, we were able to set aside some $600 million this year in the budget to purchase hotels and other housing for the homeless. to, for the first time, arguably in state's history, provide a portfolio support to the cities and the counties. the likes of which we have never had in the past. i want to brief lip date you on some of the progress. this goal of investing some space, needs to move forward. we are moving with surgical aggressiveness with advancing these efforts with a kind of focus and energy that we haven't in many, many years. and as a consequence, we are now sending out today, our first awards, drawing down from that $600 million, some $76.5 million to procure some 579
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units, ten different projects, across seven jurisdictions in this state. the reason i highlight these jurisdictions is that a number of them are novel. a number of them, like mendocino county, you see on this list, this is the first ever project of its type within that county. project areas like tahoe, they have goals with this distribution to functionally get to zero. we also have projects in el centro focusing on foster youth. many youth emancipated and dropped through the cracks. pittsburgh, california, we were at a motel 6 site used currently to provide access and opportunity to a program called project room key to exercise the ability to purchase that hotel outright so that we could provide a permanent cohort of
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supports for homeless in that community. san jose need to be highlighted because i want to highlight mayor sam liccardo. he is now chair of that organization. he has been exceptional and incredibly supportive of this effort in advancing this cause not only within san jose city, but working with other mayors all throughout the state of california. including working with local leadership in kern county. and i say that because this issue of homelessness impacts the entire state of california. it is no longer a coastal issue. it is not concentrated in just a few dense urban environments in this state, having traveled most part of this state over the last week, i am reminded over and over as we see the
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underpasses, we drive down streets, sidewalks, strewn with camping equipment and people out there. tents. the work we have to do. so again i would be remiss if i didn't highlight this. i want folk to know our commitment, our resolve to addressing this issue. it will not happen overnight. we cannot overpromise in this state, the state of california has a responsibility to support cities an counties. the state of california for decades was not focused as much as we would have liked on this issue. and so, we are trying to make up for that. and we are trying to take responsibility. and, move forward and this project home key is one of the more meaningful efforts in advancing that cause. i want to thank all of our partners includeing the head, the cochairs of the work group we put together on homelessness
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for all of their outstanding support. representing that work group in advancing this cause. cause again that many of you came to get updated on though, i recognize, is the experience we are all having with historic wild fire season. i thought i would start with this template of understanding. this is a chart that goes back to 1980. you look over a 40-year period, you are seeing the average temperatures between june and september here in the state of california increase from roughly 71 degrees to about 74 degrees. while that may not seem significant, it is profoundly impackful. average temperatures in the state of california during these summer months increasing over the last number of decades. it is a direct cause and effect to the experience that we are activity. climate induced wild fire season. i made this crystal clear two
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days ago when president trump was out here in the state and expressed similarly when we were with senator harris yesterday here in the state that we all recognize our responsibility. or mutual responsibility. the federal government, the state government, private landowners. all of us doing more and better in terms of vegetation management efforts. forest management efforts. we stiplite that as self-evident. that is being advanced in ways we have not seen in the past by a partnership with the u.s. forest service to more than double the total number of acreage on an annual basis where we are doing the kind of prescribed burns, the kind of thinning that has an environmental construct at the same time addresses some of the fuel loads in our forests. t the fundamental fact cannot be denied represented in this chart and the reality of
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temperatures significantly increasing. you see the trend line. that is not going in the right direction. it is going in a direction that only underscores our sense of urgency to address head on the issue of climate and climate change. and to double down on our efforts here in the state of california. a commitment i have made very publicly the last few days. the course of many, many years, many different capacities including my capacity as a former mayor where we led the state in many categories. california leads the nation but we have more work to do and you will hear a series of announcements the next few weeks and months as we advance a cause that hold dear in the state of california and a rts it relate to no political the leadership in the state from governor brown to governor schwarzenegger. going back to governor reagan who established 1970, many of the tenants of california resources board and others that
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have become national models in environmental stewardship. we need to reconcile the fact there are no democratic thermometers and republican thermometers. there is fact and reality as well as observed evidence. it is not a belief system. it is an acknowledgment. the facts are the facts. it's not a question of one's belief. it is whether or not you will acknowledge the facts as they are presented. the facts that are in evidence. and we certainly acknowledge them and we acknowledge our responsibility to do more, still, in this space. why? well, you can see from this chart, the challenge that we have in front of us. here's a chart just looking back over the last nine years. here in the state of california. i reminded people after a tough wild fire season last year, in the kinkaid fire. a fire near the reagan library itself last year that generated a lot of international
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headlines. it was a relatively mild wild fire season in contrast to the last season. you can see the two first bars. 3.4million acres. 3.7million acres have burned so far in this calendar year. last year in the entire calendar year, st substantial n acres that were burned by wild fires. but in comparison to this year, it is modest in size. 2018 of course, you see that third bar. 1.975million acres burned. the campfire. 153,000 acres in and around paradise. relate today that fire. 85 lives have lost that being one of the most destructive and devastating from structures and lives lost. not just acres.
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it gives you a sense of the challenge we are facing and the challenges we will face moving into the future that will require us to be more flexible. less ideological and more committed to the collective cause of organizing strategies to keep people safe. and, to maintain our ability and our resiliency so we can work through this challenge and this climate-induced crisis. this emergency that we are facing not only as a state, as a nation. as a globe. it relates to california's historic wild fire season. let me break them down in terms of the total number of fires in a more, well, easily absorbed terms. last year, we had 152,000 acres. again, this year, 3.4 million acres. close to 8,000 fires. i will remind you it was a
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month ago yesterday we started experiencing the impacts of some nearly 14,000 lightning strikes. was a month ago yesterday, that we can mark that we have now burned just in the last 31 days or so 2.8 million acres with a tragic loss of 25 lives and thousands of structures. again, unprecedented number of lightning strikes. of course, august was unprecedented in terms of heat. record level, record recorded heat in the state of california including 130 degrees down in death valley which may be a world-breaking record. 130 degrees here in the state of california. the hottest august in our history. we are currently battling some 25 major fires. what we refer to as complexes.
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where fires, 1100, just in the last 30 days, fire starts. a lot of them start to converge together in larger complexes. we still have 38,000 plus people that have been evacuated and again, over 3.4 million acres have burned to date. still battling the wild fires, over 17,000 firefighters, over 2200 engines of mutual aid system that comes not only within the state, but, 83 engines now that have come from outside of the state. including some 60 engines from the state of texas. i want to thank governor abbott for his extraordinary support. he has been incredibly responsive for now months here in this state. but, in particular, is really helping us with that creek fire which i will talk about a little bit more in a moment. just gives you an indication example of a mutual aid system that knows no politics, and that spans not only to states
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along the west coast, and places like texas, but includes new jersey, governor murphy picked up the phone and sent three engines from new jersey. we had firefighters from israel. and, had the privilege of talking to prime minister trudeau who has sent out under their mutual aid system, 100 plus firefighter to help support our efforts in addition to all of those other states. 25 fatalities to date. and, what we know based upon our analysis as we get back in, and we repopulate areas, 4200 and that's why we say plus because we anticipate this number to grow. but 4200 structures have been destroyed because of the latest fires. let's talk about the progress on some of these more active fires. many of these fires again, have happened in just the last 30 days in the state.
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we were out there yesterday, with senator harris in fresno, in the county, the creek fire which has generated a lot of national attention for good reason. this is an area where we are experiencing uniquely challenging conditions. you see 220,000 acres have burned. 18% current containment. the challenge with this fire in particular, is the fact that we are battling this fire and impacted specifically fire that is being impacted by the drought we experience from 2005 to 2015, arguably, that ended in 2017. that historic drought that led to 163 million dead trees. enfallbeetle trees, beetle dead these trees kindng. they are dry. you have climate-induced
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challenges that we have. you have tens of millions of trees in these forests. and obviously, that is a recipe for very challenging conditions. often those conditions lead to what we are referring to over and over again as megafires. and so, the creek fire remains top of mind, top of concern. we were out there with the u.s. forest services primarily on federal land. i'll remind you, 57% of the forested land in the state of california, close to 60% is federal area responsibility. just 3%, just 3% in state areas of responsibility. so, we talk about forest fires. we are predominantly talking about the need for partnership with the federal government. advanced undation the u.s. forest service. the incident command at the creek fire is a partnership between cal fire, state agency, and the u.s. federal forest service. which again, is advancing a
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collaborative new stewardship framework which will be very promising moving forward. but is also critical in terms of our suppression efforts. the north complex fire, it's another fire we visited 48 hours ago for the second time in a week. this fire has been the most devastating in this respect. the number of acres. 273,000. which is substantial. representing the sixth largest wild fire in terms acreage lost in california history. by the way, the creek is the 12th largest in california history. but the devastation of the north complex in around butte county is the 15 lives lost that we know of to date just in this complex which is obviously devastating and i just want to express our deepest condolences to the families that have lost loved ones. that have been out there doing their best to support evacuation efforts.
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to work with local sheriffs. and, local first responders. to support folks moving into safe locations. this is just 36% contained to date. relates to fires active for some time. i reminded you a week or so ago, the eighth of september, that one of the largest complexes in history t lnu complex, they made more contain ment to 97%. you are starting to see the amount of acreage decline. the ccu, this is the forest fire, if you were ever in doubt about climate change, just consider that czu complex, this is what they refer to as a fire that is occurred in an asbestos
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forest. you have coastal conditions that have led to some of the most majestic living, well, living trees on the planet. trees that go back in some cases 2,000 years. these majestic redwoods. and, the redwood forest that goes down to the coast, we had a 24-hour period where 44,000 acres were burned in just a 24- hour period along the coast. again, if you were ever in doubt about climate impacts as it relates to these forest fires, just consider in this asbestos forest that kind of fire activity. you have been watching an update from governor newsom. he touched on the historic wild fire season we are in right now, some pretty eye-opening numbers. nearly 3.4 million in 2020 comp
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about 277,000 acres in all of 2019. he also illustrated the trend line over the last several years showing climate change in the state of course, there has been plenty of debate over that this week. the governor says the facts are the facts. more from the governor right now on cbsn bay area. he plan to talk about the coronavirus next. and, that's going to do it for kpix5 news at noon. our next newscast is at 5:00. have a great afternoon, everyone.
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