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>> the bay area's local news station. you now with breaking news. >> that breaking news tonight takes us to marine county where a fire is burning right now and evacuation orders are in place. this is new video of the fire burning in the mount lassen area. this is lucas valley just north of sandra fell proper 8 has grown to 30 acres. there is 20% containment on the fire, which was first reported around 2.45 this afternoon. and here's a look now at where those evacuation orders are in place. this includes homes. >> north of lucas valley road between ugliness avenue and
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bridge gate drive and north to the marine would open space. people are being told to take lucas valley to one to one to evacuate the area right now. >> the good news here is that it is not hot 72 degrees humidity pretty high 50% and winds are blowing this fire to the north and to the east, they're 10 to 15 miles per hour. so while the winds are a factor. they certainly could be worse and the temperature and the humidity are in the favor of firefighters and anybody who lives around there. this is a time lapse video of the smoke. you can see it all in the area. fire crews say it's 6 visible from faraway folks along one o one certainly can see it and obviously stay away from that area. if you don't have to go there. we have a crew headed to the scene. and in the meantime, we'll continue to monitor the situation here from the kron 4 news room and bring you updates as soon as we get that now to our other developing story tonight at 5 o'clock that fire burning dangerously close to south
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lake tahoe. and with that, we welcome you in. evening. thank you for being with us on kron. 4 news at 5. i'm grant lotus. i'm justine waltman in for vicki tonight and fire crews are reporting protress in the battle to save communities on the south end of lake tahoe. but firefighters entering a crucial time for saving homes. red flag warning still in effect until late tonight. here's a look at some of the latest numbers from cal fire. the counter fire has burned more than 204,000 acres. now and it's destroyed. more than 700, 20 buildings, including at least 540 homes. it continues to threaten more than 34,000 structures containment went from 18% last night. up to 20% this evening. so modest gains there. there have been 5 injuries reported in this fire. 3 of them to firefighters. and now let's get an update on the current conditions that are happening there in south lake tahoe reporter chip yost is live for us now with an evening update. good evening. chip.
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>> yeah, good evening. we're here in south lake tahoe in the downtown resort area. you can see the hillsides. well, i should say you can not see the hillsides early because of all the smoke in the area. the smoke basically hiding the hillsides. the fire itself, the front of the fire is on the outskirts of south lake tahoe. it's give you an idea of where it at show you a map. this is the latest map of where the fire is and where it's going. you see the red lines are to give you an idea where we're at. we're basically on the southeast tip of lake tahoe. you see lake tahoe on the map. there were kind of on the southeast tip you see where the fire line is the red fire line of the fire. the good news right now is they expect with that fire line to possibly be much worse and much closer, not just to south lake tahoe but tahoe, but also some of the other communities threatened by the fire. let's show you some video. remember what we're talking yesterday and the day before the winds were blowing spot fires sometimes more than a mile ahead of the fire that is when members would blow more than a mile away. start another spot fire. they're having those issues because of this red flag warning these high wind situation they're in
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right now. they were expecting last night to be horrible, that they were going to have a huge battle on their hands. but thankfully mother nature gave them a little break. >> we're lucky. we looked at a little bit yesterday with some of the winds that didn't come up quite as hard as we expect them to, although we do have some ridge winds last night probably 20 to 30 miles per hour to the most part. we had a nice inversion come probably around midnight. 1 o'clock in the morning that put a real damper on things and slow lot of growth. so a lot of opportunity to make some progress last night. >> but they still have some battles ahead of them. they have a red flag warning that goes until 11:00pm this evening. also, you're looking right now at some video we're talking about that smoke. you saw here. this is some video from an airplane coming in to the reno area on monday evening. you see all the smoke, all the layers of smoke around the area. air quality here is horrible. that's one thing people have to keep in mind. they put a lot air warnings are hazards. their
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warnings out there for folks in the entire region, not just in the evacuated areas. but like i said, they are experiencing some more wins. they're expecting more battles and even though one fire official we talked to said there are a little more comfortable with south lake tahoe and also some of the communities near here because of the trajectory of the fire. this fire is nearly 300 square miles. so this is just one area of concern on the southern into the fire. one of the southern parts of the fire. they have some other concerns. there are getting spot fires. they're getting some more threats to homes in those areas. so they're going to they're trying to have this resources around. but the good news about that. issue that happened last night as far as the winds not being as bad as they were. they say they were able to get a lot more fire lines cut around different parts of the fire, especially this part over here where they're concerned of it pushing a little closer to these communities. so as you said in your opening, the containment actually went up overnight when they're expecting that possibly to go down. so some good news but still a lot of firefighting ahead here in the south lake tahoe area for now reporting live in south lake tahoe. i'm
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chip yost. we'll sent it back to you. yeah. chip. a monday night. things were looking pretty bleak. the fire was charging towards myers and and southlake. >> seems like crews have done an extraordinary job to kind of keep it at bay is there a sense of optimism and how are these crews holding up the fatigue wise. >> fatigue was one of my colleagues was talking to one of the firefighters on the front line here is that one of the other big fires and the region for a number of weeks now has been at this one for a couple of almost a couple of weeks of this so yeah, they view that the but this is one of those things, you know, they kind know that's kind of in the cards when you sign up for this kind of thing, especially in recent years with the way wildfires have been going you know, tough job ahead of them. but they were when you see where the optimistic we talked to a captain with cal fire. a little earlier and he was a cautiously optimistic. he hedged a little bit. but anyway, so he hedged a little in that. but he says that he does they do feel a little
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more comfortable with south lake tahoe. chip let's hope that everything plays out the way that they are hoping an. >> and they save south lake tahoe, thank you for that live report tonight. meanwhile, in the face of everything else. cal fire is down a strike team tonight at that counter fire because of covid. >> we lost a hoax, tracked him a cruise yesterday. we lost a finance section c chief too covid positive. so understand do not come to this briefing without a mask on. >> cal fire says nearly 4,000 personnel are working. the caldor fire. when you talk about a cal fire engine strike team, though that consists of usually 5 vehicles with 3 to 4 personnel on each vehicle. so you're down a lot of bodies and officials are warning crews to be safe and stay masked even as they're fighting these fires. they say it only takes one firefighter getting sick with covid potentially ruin the protection they have
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established for certain communities in need and stay with kron. 4. we have continuing coverage of the caldor fire and the fire in marin county on our website in terms of tahoe we have the interactive evacuation maps map showing where structures have been damaged or destroyed so far and where evacuees can get help to scan the qr code there on your screen. it's on kron 4 dot com. as we turn our attention now to the all important weather forecast and, you know, we have we have a bunch of situations a unfortunately, that's just going to be our new normal from here on out because we are tracking. >> warmer weather making its way along the coast. drier conditions. >> and our first shot of rain. really realistically not really arriving until possibly late october or even through early november. so it's going to be a long dry month. today is the first day of september and already seeing a fire sparked in marine county. unfortunately, let's take a look at south lake tahoe out there right now because the next couple of hours certainly
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going to be critical for firefighters under red flag warning, meaning imminent fire danger bone-dry conditions just at 12%. fortunately wind speeds really working and firefighters favors. but we could still see gusts throughout the ridgecrest at around 45 miles per hour less in the lower valleys. 15 to 30 mile per hour winds, but that's going to drop relative humidity anywhere from 5% to as low as 15%. we are going to notice an increase in moisture content. thanks to those cooler temperatures set to arrive tonight. right now, tracking winds out of the south making its way north throughout most of lake tahoe out there right now. 7 to 10 miles per hour. sustained winds. but extremely hazy conditions. very poor air quality throughout the northwest portion worst air quality everywhere very hazy skies going to continue tomorrow. south lake tahoe temperatures in the mid 70's and warming up through your labor day weekend holiday
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details on that and what we can expect for your local bay area forecast in just a few minutes. granted just seen. back to you. thank you. bree said another big story we're following tonight. one of the strictest abortion laws enacted in this country since roe v wade. >> takes effect today in texas. not only does it ban abortions as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. it also allows individuals regular people to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion. this is happening larger context, state legislatures set the record this year for the most abortion restrictions signed in one year since roe v wade in 1973 the law's opponents say that's before many women even i know they're pregnant 6 weeks. >> the lack of action in texas could certainly be read as an indication of where the supreme court is headed in the fall. >> now that the texas law is in effect. it is likely other conservative states will move to implement similar abortion
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restrictions. the supreme court is already scheduled to hear a mississippi abortion case during its upcoming term. that law bans most abortions after 15 weeks. >> and the texas law. the supreme court's failure to act is causing some surprise and concern among legal experts and abortion rights supporters kron four's, dan kerman joining us now live from san francisco with their reaction anu what this means for us here in california. good evening. >> this point. there seems to be no fear in terms of this having any impact on abortion laws in california, at least not at this point. however, there is concern about the supreme court's action or i should say lack of action. >> we will get this morning with without protections that we've had for the last 50 years. planned parenthood affiliates of california reacting to the nation's most restrictive abortion law that went into effect wednesday in
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texas. >> we're heartbroken for the for the patients and providers in texas. what this means is about 85 to 90% of abortions in texas will now be banned. and that has huge practical implications for the 15 million women who live in texas legal experts say since the texas law is in conflict with roe versus wade. >> which remains the law of the land. the supreme court was expected to halt the texas law until it's litigated in federal court. but so far that's not happened. all that really legally is absolutely extraordinary. >> that by doing nothing by being silent. the supreme court would allow a law that clearly contravenes its own case precedent to go into effect. experts say the texas abortion restriction should have no impact on california abortion law. >> and while changes are unlikely with california's highly democratic legislature
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planned parenthood fears if the recall of governor newsome is successful that could have impacts the governor had. >> as. >> the power. >> the line item veto of many things that if you have a leader that helped bands and taking away. protection like an access to reproductive health care. their avenues, they can do to limit that of even greater concern is a highly restrictive mississippi abortion law. >> which goes before the supreme court in the fall will legal. experts say a supreme court ruling in favor of mississippi shouldn't impact california law. >> that's not the case. for many other states. we also expect that over half the states some 26 states to be impacted. >> and pretty quickly by that ruling. >> and the folks at planned parenthood say if that happens, they expected
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california, hospitals and planned parenthood affiliates to be inundated with people from out of state coming here for abortions live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news, thank you so much. damage go to the south bay now where health officials are sounding the alarm about what they say is an epidemic of fentanyl deaths victims are trending younger. they say, and more recreational drugs are involved. kron four's. rob fladeboe has more on that story. he's in san jose. >> already an epidemic nationally opioid drug overdoses have been spiking in recent years here in santa clara county as well. many of the deaths have been linked to fake pills and other narcotics that were laced with fentanyl says the county's bruise copley. >> without any knowledge that the drug is in there. it's you know, it's a very, very serious overdose and it only takes a small about a month to cause overdose deaths. the county medical examiner reports of 49 fentanyl deaths so far this year. >> with several cases still
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pending. that's on pace to match the 88 deaths in 2020. >> which was up dramatically from the year before. >> they're good at a couple of deaths and individuals in their late teens again, taking party drugs that had been laced with fentanyl thought to be arriving primarily from mexico. >> synthetic fentanyl is being found in cocaine heroin and other recreational drugs but is far, far stronger been a number of incidents with. >> law enforcement that has come across in the street and they got they ingested and they themselves have overdosed even trace amounts of fentanyl can be lethal. >> fentanyl overdoses now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. >> there's also thought to be a connection with the covid-19 pandemic. >> i'm assuming be disruption in normal life has has certainly not. has not helped with individuals that are finding other ways to deal
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with the stresses that they've uncovered uncovered over the 18 months with the covid. the county is launching a new ad campaign on social media and elsewhere. >> to educate people about the dangers of fentanyl overdoses and where they and their families can get help in san jose. rob fladeboe kron 4 news. still ahead here during kron 4 news at 5. we'll hear from a family who is now in san francisco after being turned away while trying to return to south lake tahoe so they can get their belongings as the caldor fire rages on. >> plus, if you're headed for a hike in the east bay. need to bring your own water. why 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.
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>> now to the east bay where they're saying to pack a few extra water bottles. the next time you head to mount diablo state park. that's because the drought they've now turned off the fossett's the showers, the toilets. they've done this in various parts along the mountain. so the drinking fountains are really what has people bring their own water are fully to call spoke with frequent visitors to make abjustments to their trips. >> the california department of parks and recreations as water springs on mount diablo state park have been reduced to a trickle and the water storage tanks are close to empty. that's why about 2 weeks ago the decision was made to shut down fossett's around picnic and camping areas. showers have been off limits since the spring be prepared. you have that extra water bottle. know what you're
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doing. cyclists say the water shortage has forced them to adjust the way they prepare for their rights always bring at least 2 and if i'm running low, i stopped. i don't claim i go back on the higher you go up the mountain, the less likely you will find running potable water restrooms with flushing toilets have mostly been closed and replaced with portable toilets and handwashing stations carry our own water. we bring one to 3 leaders depending on how far were hiking with the heat and whatnot. you tend to drink the bottles faster year. you're pretty low on water. by the time you get up here. and until the area gets consistent rain. the situation may stay dry for a while. so when it comes to water, bring more than you think. you will need when visiting the state park in walnut creek police all kron 4 news unfortunately, not too hot out there today. beautiful day in the bain icing. cool. >> fog played a big part of that. this is a live look outside this is san
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francisco's embarcadero and the air quality has improved a little bit, but there's some concern right now in the north bay because the last and fire that's burning in recent rodriguez is joining us now with a look at. >> how the fire conditions are going to be impacted by the weather. yeah. in fact, we're already noticing improved conditions, cooler temperatures today. >> and wind speeds. not as breezy out there pushing the smoke and flames to the northeast. 15 miles per hour. great news. temperatures already dropping to 68 degrees relative humidity, getting a nice boost as well. 56 degrees for firefighters battling that fire. let's take a live look outside. great air quality all around from coastal valleys. but we are going to notice change in wind direction. we're out of the southwest still going remain below average for your thursday afternoon. downtown san francisco in marina district in the mid 60's as our pacifica and half moon bay and we are going to notice some moderate air particles a little bit hazy or tomorrow because of the change in wind direction. millbrae and
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burlingame in the mid 70's with 75 degrees of peace for those of you in san mateo and san carlos san jose. very pleasant, though, in the mid 70's overall. we're going to be about 3 to 5 degrees below average livermore. barely in the low 80's as is pleasant in concord and walnut creek uniform numbers there at 82 degrees with mid 70's for berkeley and richmond. those of you in vallejo 74 degrees and for the north bay 77 degrees for santa rosa with novato trying to flirt with low 80's. taking a look ahead at your next 7 day outlook. seasonal weather won't arrive until this weekend. and it looks like your labor day monday. not going to be as warm as previously expected. right on average back to huge. just dean and grant. thank brisas. till ahead tonight, the wrath of continues. the deadly monster storm flooded communities. >> left millions without power. it is not done yet where it's expected to unleash more dangerous conditions. and
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we're less than 2 weeks away from the governor recall election. the details you need
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comments. this comes as more and more voters do hand in their ballots kron four's capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala has our update. >> the reason i'm running is nothing to do so with the way do i stand on radio talk show host larry elder wednesday holding his first press tele conference since comments from his past of surfaced, including those on women in the workplace and his belief that federal and state government should stop enforcing recreational drug laws. elder doubled down on his stance on drugs saying they should be treated as a public health issue and not a criminal justice issue. he also fielded questions on a brand new abortion ban in texas. the conservative acknowledged there's 0 chance of turning blue california into a pro-life state and said a similar ban is nowhere near his priority list we do something about the rise in homelessness. we do something about the outrageous cost living in california about the home price is about one in shoreditch about the rolling brownouts we're having. about the poor source management elder is one of more than 40 candidates on the campaign
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trail working to convince californians to remove governor gavin newsom from office. the latest polls continue to show that while most californians don't know who to pick to replace newsom. elder is still the most preferred meanwhile, some have already made up their mind and submitted their votes. political data ballot. tracker showed wednesday 21% of ballots have been returned with white voters and registered democrats outpacing other groups. governor newsome continues to urge his supporters to leave the candidate replacement section on the ballot. blank were just winding up this last 2 weeks. so we're going to bring this home at the state capitol. ashley zavala kron 4 news. >> governor newsom's campaign confirms that u.s. senator elizabeth warren is set to rally for the governor in los angeles this weekend. details on the visit are still to come. also still to come tonight, a manager of a chipotle has been fired for disrespecting employees. religion will hear from that. >> woman who felt violated at her workplace and the deadly storms. continues to bring more damage this time to the
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northeast remnants of ida wreaking havoc, tornadoes all over the place. also severe flooding and the fight intensifies on the front lines here that caldor fire a red flag warning remains in effect as the flames creep into the as the flames creep into the lake tahoe ♪ ♪ ♪ as the flames creep into the lake tahoe ♪ ♪ ♪ monitor, check and lock down you money with security from chase. control feels good. chase. make more of what's yours.
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