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dropped out due to the pandemic. >> there isn't money available. >> it turns out there is plenty of help hidden in plain sight. right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00, streaming on cbsn bay area mama later went allows crews to gain some more ground on the 210,000 acre caldor fire. it is now up to 25% contained. that said, the danger is still far from over. it evening, i'm ken bastida. and i am elizabeth cook. the edges are still creeping toward south lake tahoe. >> but further back near where the fire started almost 3 weeks ago, evacuation orders are being lifted tonight. >> i'm very blessed to have my home , and very happy to be back. >> jason souza is back home this evening, and so are some of his neighbors who have had plenty of company in their trailer the past 10 days. >> a menagerie with four dogs and four cats in the trailer,
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two horses transported by an emergency rescue team to the plymouth fairgrounds. so, pretty complicated in and out, trying to keep the cats in, trying to let the dogs out. >> they are some of the lucky ones. the fire has destroyed at least 800 building so far. the small community of phillips station is one of several nearly wiped off the map. at least 33,000 more homes and businesses are in the fire's path. >> reporter jeff nguyen is at kirkwood tonight with the effort to save them. >> reporter: right behind me be on those trees is where the firefight is concentrated. you have a lot of tall, dry timber, and the main concern right now is that the fire could potentially jump from treetop to treetop. near the kirkwood ski resort, two choppers have been doing continuous water drops, pulling water from the nearby lake as flames ripped through the
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crowds a very dry timber. the goal is to keep them away from the resort, which is under an evacuation. >> there's a lot of cabins. you have kirkwood to decide over here, and a lot of cabins all around this area. it's an important spot for us to work and protect. that is why you see a lot of resources here. >> reporter: back in christmas valley, this is the active fire that is basically working its way down this hillside. it has a lot of fuel to burn. we are talking about trees, like this one, that go up, and on the ground, your pinecones, and pine needles, just fuel that goes for miles and miles and miles. hand crews battle steep drops to clear away brush with the intent of using the highway as a natural firebreak. >> we are using highway 89 as a control line here. that is why we have crews positioned up and down the road. as a fire comes down, they call
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it to make sure no embers get across. >> reporter: ahead for tonight, the goal is to create more lines with dozers and hand crews. in terms of the air drops, it is unclear right now if they will go into the night. it is a wait-and-see situation based on the weather. reporting from kirkwood, jeff nguyen , kpix 5 . back in the bay area, and air-quality advisory is in effect through tomorrow for wildfire smoke. >> chief meteorologist paul heggen is tracking that, and the fired conditions tonight. good news for the caldor fire compared to what we have had for so much of the week. air-quality around the bay area is not great, but could be worse. most of us ended up in the moderate category. here is the current readings. we do have one spot still in the unhealthy for sensitive groups, but barely into it. most are of us had moderate air- quality today. the bulk of the smoke that drifted in was up higher in the atmosphere. the worst air-quality we should see through the holiday weekend is happening right now.
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we will see my green dots on the map as we had through the next few days. returning to the caldor fire, we have the satellite indicated hotspots turned on, so you can see the direction and growth of the fire. tomorrow, the wind will still be light at 5 to 10 miles per hour. humidity levels are still going to be very low, and the wind will shift direction, becoming westerly, even northwesterly, which could drive the fire in a new direction. they may have to redeploy resources to keep the fire from spreading to the southeast, back uphill. take a look at the air-quality forecast for the bay area coming up in the full forecast. the antioch unified school district is holding a special use of force meeting, after campus security held a student to the ground.
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video of the incident was posted on social media. police arrested the high school student after they say he attacked another student, and two security guards. the school principal also sent a message to families, saying the student threatened to do harm to an entire class, but some say security used excessive force. tonight's meeting will be a discussion, but formal action could also be taken. we will have more on this story tonight at 11:00. we are less than 2 weeks away from the recall election, and today governor newsom and one of his top challengers, republican kevin falconer, other campaigns to the bay area. >> i can't be discouraged by it. but it is just the first few weeks, but i am very encouraged by how serious people are taking this moment. >> it breaks my heart to see what i saw today on the streets of san francisco. it's such a great city. we need statewide leadership on this. this governor has failed. >> governor newsom was in several cisco chinatown. kevin falconer visited the tenderloin. the most recent poll from the institute of california shows 82% of voters are now against
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the recall. that margin is slightly larger than the two previous polls. you can visit kpix.com/recall for our comprehensive election guide. we also have interviews with candidates on cbsn bay area. opening statements are set for wednesday in the trial of the fair knows founder elizabeth holmes. a journey was seated today, and a panel will decide if elizabeth holmes was guilty of defrauding patients, and investors with fraudulent blood testing technology. a massive homeless encampment on apples north san jose campus will soon be empty. bulldozers and crews started clearing it out today. the tech giant is spending millions of dollars to clean it up, and help relocate the people living there. they partnered with home first to offer interim housing and case management. still to come, the oakland entrepreneur who says this smash and grab desperate her
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ofsine we will tell you what was in that suv. a new lesson for struggling students. how the state is teaching them where to find the money for college. the stop sign may soon mean very different things the california drivers and bicyclists. how the drought is contributing to some close encounters and bay area neighborhoods. let us take you to a place you've been craving. where the aroma of authenticity turns into the scent of home. and the warmth of friends and family is in every bite. here, there's a story behind every meal. with cacique, you'll be inspired to add your own flair. so you can tell a story of your own. cacique.your auténtico awaits.
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and oakland makeup artist says she is now out of these stol5, beauty products and equipment from her suv. janea martin posted this video
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to social media of her back window smashed out. as for violent crime, the oakland police chief told us it has been a rough week. >> it's been a particularly bad last 7 days. we've had five homicides in the last 7 days. >> that makes 487 homicides so far this year. the chief said shootings as a whole are up by 50%. so our armed robberies, and opd has also seized more than 800 guns this year alone. that is more than it 3 every day. the chief has also reassigned six additional officers to the department's homicide section. taking a look at your top headlines, the remnants of hurricane ida left more than 40 people dead across the northeast. it pummeled the region with tornadoes, torrential rain, and catastrophic flooding.
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>> i've never seen so much water before in my life. i mean, it looks like niagara falls. this train conductor helped passengers to safety as the new york city subway system flooded. in louisiana where the storms slammed ashore sunday as a category 4, many are still without power and water. president biden is a set to visit the area tomorrow. on the opposite extreme back in california, the drought is driving more and more wildlife into urban neighborhoods. in search of food and water, turkeys, deer, coyotes, even wild pigs have been spotted on home surveillance cameras tearing up yards. the cdc has issued a labor day travel warning, telling vaccinated people to consider their risk, and tellingly unvaccinated to stay home. this is u.s. hospitalizations hit a 7 month high. no shots, no service indoors , anyway. berkeley is the latest bay area city to require proof of vaccination to get into
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restaurants, bars, gyms, and large events. that takes effect in a little over a week on the 10th. the pandemic has left many low income college students struggling just to cover their costs. kpix 5's sharon chen discovered that the state is taking an unprecedented step to keep them in school. >> reporter: colleges are fighting to keep students, and there is money and resources available that many probably don't even know about. ingrid mendoza considered not applying to her dream college after her dad's work i was dropped. >> i look at the financial part, and it is like i can't attend. >> reporter: people of color, low income, and first- generation college students are among the hardest hit in the pandemic. dr. frank chung, president of santa rosa junior college -- >> there was a decline in both black and latino enrollment at the jc, as well as throughout community colleges throughout the state. w.h.i.p. enrollment dropped 12% in california community colleges
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over the last year, 50% of santa rosa jc. soccer player eric guzman didn't know if he could afford to keep going to school. >> my parents are farmworkers, and they got laid off of the pandemic habit. backing it is brother got jobs helping their kids with them at the community center, and i applied for and received school grants. >> i know that a friend that dropped out to the pandemic, and i am thankful to have been able to stay in school. >> reporter: a statewide snapshot highlights the hardships among the 100,000 students who apply for federal and state financial aid. 6 intensity their living situation changed in the last year. nearly half report increased housing costs, and reduced their courseload. 4 intent cared for other family members, and that disrupted their ability to attend class and do homework. at santa rosa jc, a multipronged approach is helping students, like benson. >> i had a drop all of my classes. >> reporter: virtual learning proved nearly impossible.
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>> i didn't have great wi-fi. i didn't have a really good computer. >> reporter: plus 5 of her six children and grandchildren move back in with her for a time. >> i just was like, i'm not going to make it. >> reporter: the school provided what she needed, food, emergency funding, and a computer and hotspot so she could return to classes. the school hosts food giveaways for more than 400 students and immunity members each month. it is on hundreds of laptops, provided millions of dollars in emergency financial assistance, and offered mental health services and hotel vouchers for homeless students. >> we are prepping ahead. >> reporter: oftentimes students are not aware of free resources they can use. michael lemus of the california student aid commission, the statewide government agency that administers financial aid. for the first time, it is leading online workshops that teach more students how to apply for state and federal grants. >> there is money available here in california. we are fortunate because there is aid available to dont entsd daca students.
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>> reporter: santa rosa jc is doing everything it can to keep his 26,000 students, 45% of its students who qualify for free tuition. >> your education cannot wait, you know? pursue your dreams. we are here to help you. >> reporter: ingrid got accepted to her dream school, ucla. >> to have it become really reality, it has taken me by surprise. >> reporter: with the help of federal grants and scholarships, she will be the first in her family to go to college. sharon chin, kpix 5. >> it is tough are so many. we have posted a link on kpix.com to the california student aid commission , where families can learn how to apply for those college grants out there. let's take a live look outside at the hazy skies over
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the tri-valley. >> chief meteorologist paul heggen is tracking what is ahead for your holiday weekend. it looks yucky, but it sun set it looks worse. a lot of smoke is elevated in the atmosphere and we don't have to breathe it. we will see changes as we head into the holiday weekend. tomorrow is transition day, with the system that has been impacting are with them all week, this upper-level storm system can't out over the pacific northwest keeping our temperatures cool, that is siding away. what happens as we enter the holiday weekend is at this big area of high pressure builds in from the desert southwest, not a full-fledged he done. and i think we will be as hot as we were even last labor day weekend. it was really hot for labor day last year, but it will be hot in lid. the position of this matters, because as the air flows clockwise around this area of high pressure, the wind will remain southerly for the bay area, and that will help to keep the worst of the smoke conditions pushed away from the bay area. some did you stand today, not a lot of it, at grandville. let's track the surface smoke over the next couple of days. we did have was enough to push us into the moderate category today in most locations, and tomorrow it will thin out a bit more. it does not disappear. i don't think it will
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completely disappear as we had her the next several days, but if we can keep it from being too concentrated, that will be a big help to our air quality levels over the next 4 days, taking us through the holiday weekend, and as we head into saturday, the beginning of labor day weekend, it looks like the bulk of the smoke will be further to the north and northeast. the worst air quality we are forecasting all the way through the weekend is in the moderate category, and it will be kind of patchy across the bay area, as it drifts around, but a lot of it will remain elevated in the atmosphere. looking outside toward downtown, the fog is lurking in the background. it will spread in. temperatures are cooler ready, upper 50s downtown, everybody else in the low to mid 60s. that is unusual for early september. this is supposed to be one of the warmest times of year, but instead the damages are below average again today. we dropped into the low to mid 50s tonight. tomorrow we start warming up, but just what is normal for this time of year.
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high temperatures almost exactly average for september 3rd. to mid 50s along the coast. upper 70s to around 80 degrees around the south end of the bay and peninsula, with mostly low to mid 80s in the santa clara valley. 80 degrees in san jose is precisely the ever tighter butcher. mid to upper 80s in the tri- valley. the hotspots farther east around 90 degrees. not unusual for late summer, but just the beginning of the warming trend. upper 60s for separate cisco, with low to mid 70s for the east bay. the north bay, upper 70s, and mostly the low to mid 80s by friday afternoon. farther north, the temperatures will be a little bit hotter, but again, hotter weather at of us as we head nto aturday, and especially sunday and monday. those are the warmest days in the 7 day forecast, but downtown san francisco only warms up to maybe the mid-70s if we overachieve. oakland in the east bay getting close to 80 degrees, same as ever and 80 degrees sunday and monday. something for the north bay with a hotspots inlet in the east bay, reaching up into the mid-90s. not record-setting, not as hot as labor day year ago, but it will have you sweating if you have any other plans for the holiday weekend. then temperatures drop back to
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closer to normal by tuesday, wednesday, and thursday. if you want to be the heat, head of the customer temperatures will reach up to the upper 60s for the warmest days on sunday and monday. i will have an update on that smoke forecast, how will impact the air quality, and keeping an eye on conditions around the janea martin with another update coming up at 11:00. still to come, the state's new strategy to fight fire with fire. rewriting the rules of the road. by a stop sign may soon be more
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north of the caldor fire, the dixie fire is still growing , believe it or not. he now covers 1343 square miles , across five counties. that is roughly triple the size of los angeles. and more than 7 weeks after lightning started it , it is just over 50% contained. state lawmakers just approved a bill to fight fire with fire. this legislation makes it easier now for private landowners to secure, prescribed burned permits, and limits their liability if those fires get out of control. producing a stop sign in california might not mean the same thing for drivers and cyclists. that is because state lawmakers passed ab 122. the bill allows cyclists to
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treat stop signs as yield signs when it is safe to do so. supporters say it will reduce the number of collisions, by allowing bikers to spend less time in dangerous intersections. some are skeptical. >> certainly i could see a situation where the cyclist is not expecting to stop it all, and then the car is not ready for that. >> it might be great in more suburban areas, with less traffic. >> nine other states have similar policies. the bill now heads to the governor's desk. bottle rock returns to wine country tomorrow. what you need to know before you go. this safety step you may need to take more than
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vaccination, or a negative covid test within 72 hours of each day of the festival. be prepared to also show your government issued i.d. . we invite you to join us tonight at 9:00 on cbsn bay area , and instagram live. i will be speaking with ucsf infectious disease specialist dr. monica gandhi. that will be on my instagram page, and also live on cbsn bay area. you can also submit your questions about the latest covid concerns on all of our social media platforms. thank you for watching. >> we boost and cricket charge you more for unlimited 5g. metro doesn't. introducing the big 5g upgrade. just twenty-five bucks a month gets you unlimited 5g and a free 5g smartphone. that's half the price... ...for one line of unlimited 5g smartphone data ...plus a free samsung galaxy 5g when you switch and trade-in. all with the power of the t-mobile 5g network.
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