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time, we can now give you a sense of the destruction from above the town of paradise, the town of about 27,000 people. this is drone video from our affiliate in sacramento. cal fire gave them the go- ahead to launch the drone for a brief period of time. 7,000 homes and hundreds of businesses all destroyed by the "camp fire." we are just going to let this drone video play for a moment here so that you can see the damage for yourself.
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>> this really gives you a sense of how the town of paradise has essentially been wiped off the map. more than 8,000 buildings most of them homes were destroyed by the "camp fire." today the governor and members of the trump administration toured the damage in person in paradise. tom vacar has that part of the story. >> reporter: when the president threatened to cut off funds from california because of bad forestry practices that hit a raw nerve here in california. two top federal officials came here to try to blunt that. >> now is not really the time to point fingers. >> reporter: shortly after a tour of the near total destruction of paradise, the u.s. secretary of the interior, the director of federal emergency management agency and a governor gave a briefing to the media. >> this is my fourth trip to california. unfortunately, every trip this year has been forest fires and each trip i say this is the worst fire i have seen and now
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we're here today and this is the worst fire i have seen. >> everything that i have seen is truly devastating and heartbreaking. it's one of the worst disasters i have ever seen hand down. >> so devastating that i don't really have the words to describe it. >> reporter: nonetheless, last saturday, president trump threatened to withhold federal funds when he alleged california mismanages its forests. so i look at the official acreage of california's 1.627 million acres lost this year to wildfires. then since almost half of those acres are federally managed forest lands, i pointedly asked the interior secretary about his own department's forest management. >> i don't want to finger point. what i want to do is how we go from here. >> reporter: the secretary did not repeat the president's constant denial of climate change. quite to the contrary, secretary zinke seemed to side
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with climate change believer jerry brown. >> as governor brown has said, there's a lot of reasons for fire. um, why we're here. some is the fire season has gotten longer, the temperatures have gotten hotter, the amount of material, the dead and dying timber is elevated. we had a mortality rate of the beetle kill. >> reporter: all those conditions are present and ominous warning for the rest of already record-breaking fire year 2018, with still six weeks to go. >> so we continue to have dry weather conditions critical fire weather across california. >> reporter: now, although everyone pledged cooperation, the size of the problem and cost may tamp that goodwill down in very short order. and that's the situation here right now. any questions? >> tom, we saw that drone video at the top of the show. it's just, um, heartbreaking to look at that. entire neighborhoods home after home after home just
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decimated. you drove through that area today. i know it's one thing to see something on tv. but to actually be there? can you describe for us your thoughts as you made your way through that burned-out area? >> reporter: well, what we were doing was looking for crews that were looking to find the deceased folks and try to deal with that. we literally went in a grid pattern up and down and up and down the streets. and what we were doing was really looking for that. now, joseph cousins our photographer, he was the one that actually shot those pictures because all of us were sit there is just aghast at what happened. in fact, joseph is here. come on, joseph, come on in. this is joseph cousins one of our photographers. i guess the first question will be, you have covered a lot of fires. what did you think of what you saw? >> governor brown said it best. you can't put it into words the devastation you see. every corner that we turned, every street we would go down, it's hard to pick the word.
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that used to be a home. that was someone's memories. your emotions, you know, your -- you feel sad. you feel for these people. and at the same time, we have to stick to our guns and have to report and inform everyone and it's hard. it is very, very hard. >> you guys have a question for him? >> yeah. tom, i'm just wondering, was there -- did you see anything standing? are there any homes that are still standing? and have they allowed anybody back in or is it just the emergency crews going through looking for human remains? >> reporter: every time we go through, joseph is the one that has to deal with the guards and he will tell you exactly. >> um, right now, it's still no residents are allowed in there. it's just, you know, firefighters, people who are -- pg&e, everyone who is trying to fix that town and get it back up to par. it's just numbing. it's very, very numbing to see
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that -- there might be one home standing, there might be two homes standing but some of the evacuees that i have spoken to feel guilty that their homes survived. they feel so guilty that their whole town is gone and yet they still have a home. one evacuee said that he wishes his home burned down because he doesn't want to feel this guilty. there are a few homes standing but i don't want those words to give any -- to mislead anyone. it's -- you are just going to have to wait to get up there for these residents. >> reporter: frank, one idea that i suggested to the sheriff and he really liked the idea is that if big companies like google and these other companies that have these cars that go around, right after a fire, if they would bring those cars up and do a pattern through the town and put that online, then the homeowners could look right then and there to see exactly if their homemade it, what the condition of the town, what the condition of their neighborhood, what the condition of their street is. and he likes that idea. and i think, you know, this is something that like i say, these google cars, they map the entire united states of
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america. they could come in with three or four cars in a town the size of, um, of, um, paradise, it wouldn't take but a few hours to do that and then people would have closure and they would have knowledge. i mean, wouldn't you think that's what happened? >> i think that would be an amazing idea for a state that is the technology hub that we are. i think that would be an amazing idea. >> that is the situation. we will be covering the latest briefing which is coming up at 6:00. and then we'll have more on at 7:00. reporting live, tom vacar and joseph cousins, ktvu fox 2 news. >> tom and joseph, thank you both very much for that look. it's just you can see the grim task ahead for people as they have to go through those neighborhoods one at a time just so much work ahead. thanks, you guys. the mayor of paradise says fema will be opening an assistance center tomorrow in chico. jody jones lost her home in the fire and so did the entire city council. she says that she has heard from some people who say they won't be coming back because
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of the time that it would take to rebuild but many others say they are going to return and they are going to rebuild. going forward, the mayor says she hopes that more people will opt into the emergency alert system so they will get notices on their cell phones as well as land lines. >> i got one at -- the fire moved so fast. the alert came out as soon as they knew they needed to evacuate the whole town. but that fire was moving really fast. >> the mayor said she hopes that people will be able to return home to see what's left of their properties within the next few weeks. but thousands of people who were forced to evacuate their homes lost everything they own and now some are dealing with illness. the butte county health department says an outbreak of norovirus is at one of the
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evacuation centers in chico. ktvu's cristina rendon joins us from oroville where people there are also feeling sick. reporter: this is just so sad. the butte county public health department confirming there is norovirus at an evacuation center in chico called the neighborhood church. the spokesman wouldn't confirm the outbreak here at the oroville nazarene church but a lot of evacuees here say there is a stomach bug going around. jack is living out of his pickup truck after the "camp fire" incinerated his rv in paradise. >> we had flames on both sides of the truck. i thought the truck was going to explode. >> reporter: he is staying in the parking lot of this church. a red cross evacuation center. the shelter is running smoothly but evacuees are dealing with a stomach bug. >> we have been trying to segregate sick people from well people so it doesn't spread any more. and we're urging people to wash their hands. >> i thought it was just the food. i was, like, um, it didn't
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settle right for me and it just out of nowhere hit me hard. >> reporter: butte county public health confirms other evacuation centers are reporting sickness but only the shelter at neighborhood church in chico has the norovirus outbreak. in yuba city we met a couple who lost their home in paradise. >> we would be going back to rubble. we'll rebuild but i don't mean the property. we are going to rebuild our lives and find a place to settle. >> i don't think i'll be able to restart that business again. i'm basically just going to be looking for a general i.t. position somewhere. >> reporter: the fire came without warning for so many evacuees. many who have faith say things will get better. >> i wouldn't put any blame on the local government or the alert system because it surprised everyone. >> we make the worst out of things sometimes in our own
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heads. and so i try to make the best out it. and you have to have hope. >> reporter: the butte county public health department is advising people to wash their hands and, of course, stay away from people if you start to feel sick. the symptoms of norovirus including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain and for all of these evacuees, just waiting for word on when they can go back, there is still no timeline on when those who do have homes will be allowed to return. frank, julie? >> if they are not going through enough, to be sick on top of that. cristina rendon, thank you. six people have been taken into custody on suspicion of looting homes that were evacuated in butte county. the butte county sheriff's office says deputies found jason burns of chico and michael salisbury of reno hiding inside a home in the town of paradise on monday with a .45-caliber handgun and drugs. deputies also found an atv and ar-15 rifle and tools that the men are suspected of stealing.
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deputies say they also arrested teddy king of paradise and john brown of oroville yesterday with a laptop computer that did not belong to them. and a few of hours later two more people were arrested. they were from maglee yeah, after another town with a vehicle reported stolen. a smash-and-grab while victims are in the car. a victim describes coming up how the suspect blocked her exit and what happened next. plus -- >> we'll tell you about some proposed changes to the bay area bridges which might just speed up your commute. >> we are still battling the smoky weather out there and we'll continue. i have the forecast what to expect coming into the weekend with bad air quality. this is not a bed.
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a k-9, drone and search teams and still no sign of this man. he has been missing since he left the 49ers game monday night and police are baffled about what happened. ktvu's ann rubin is at the police command post near levi's stadium where they are packing up for the night. >> reporter: they are trying to cover as much ground as possible before nightfall in the hopes of finding some clue about his whereabouts. but not so far. reporter: police are searching the streets around levi's stadium, the dumpsters and creeks, hoping for any sign of 32-year-old ian powers. powers has been missing since he left the 49ers game monday night. >> it's tough. it's tough. >> reporter: his girlfriend said he went to the restroom
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in the fourth quarter and didn't return. her last contact was by phone as they tried to meet up at the stadium entrance. >> it was like facetiming him but the background was black. there was some random building. it disconnected. his phone died. i kept calling. he didn't answer. >> reporter: he had been traveling from spokane to l.a. but stopped with his family in the bay area. relatives say it's unlike him to disappear. but he is an army veteran and a family man with no history of trouble. >> most responsible person in my family quite honestly. so we are concerned as to his well-being, his whereabouts. >> reporter: santa clara police aren't sure if alcohol was a factor and now they have no reason to suspect foul play but they are taking it seriously. they brought in atvs, drone teams and k-9s to help with the search. getting the dogs is difficult because many are at the "camp fire" in recent days. >> we are trying to pull every resource we can within the
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police department to help us out there with literally boots on the ground to search that area. >> reporter: stadium cameras last picked up powers walking alone in the area of great america parkway and old flory lane. there's no sign of him since. no activity on bank accounts, social media or email. his car was parked where he left it. as the hours go on, his family is more concerned. >> there's no way he knows where he is or who he is and didn't find a way to call us by now. there's just no way. >> reporter: now, police are asking for the public's help in the hopes that someone will have information that leads to power. authorities are planning to resume their search possibly with a helicopter tomorrow morning. >> he went to the bathroom, they never saw him again but we know at least he left levi's stadium. he was outside of the stadium when he was last seen? >> reporter: correct. so there was some text message
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phone and facetime communication back with his girlfriend. until the phone died. cameras captured him outside the stadium near great america parkway but then nothing. so i think police are going to be out looking for additional cameras ma might pick up the trail tomorrow. >> ann rubin outside levi's stadium or near levi's stadium down there in santa clara county tonight, ann, thank you. driving over bridges may get easier. the mtc is working on a plan to do away with cash tollbooths on bay area bridges. ktvu's christien kafton joins us now live at the bay bridge toll plaza with a look at what's being considered. >> reporter: if you look behind me at the toll plaza, you can see what most of the bridges look like around the bay area. you can see that there's some pay gates there and there are some fastrak-only gates but on the far right of the bridge, that's what the mtc hopes to make every lane look like on every bridge in the bay area. clear of any tollbooths and
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with an electronic reader or camera taking tolls. reporter: anyone who has been in bay area traffic knows it can be miserable to wait at a toll plaza. now a committee for the metropolitan transportation commission is recommending getting rid of the booth and tolltakers and bringing in fastrak and plate readers. >> it allows you to go at highway speeds and not have to slow down because the toll plaza itself would be removed. you don't have to slow down. that's more dangerous. >> reporter: the mtc says safety is a concern. a tolltaker was killed in december of last year when a truck hit the bay bridge toll plaza. that's one of the reasons the recommendation is not only for electronic toll taking but removing the booths altogether. >> i think our suggestion in all cases that we would like to remove the booths. there's no treason have the obstacle in the way. >> a similar system with fastrak readers and cameras to capture the plates of vehicles without transponders is already on place in the benicia bridge. tallying the transponders and sending bills to those without
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the toll tags. toll authority members seemed ready to expand the program to all bay area bridges >> i have to say, my personal bias is open road tolling. i think it's on the benicia bridge, it makes so much difference. >> reporter: most commuters say anything to improve commute times is welcomed. >> i think anything you can do to speed up the commute. there's just so many cars and so much traffic, um, fastrak is very efficient. >> reporter: but some don't like the idea. >> i do not. i used to be a tolltaker. >> reporter: saying from her experience, commuters deserve the option to pay however they choose. >> everybody doesn't want to get the fastrak. so eliminating cash is not a good thing. >> reporter: backers say they have learned a lot by what's happened to the golden gate bridge which has not had tolltakers in five years. christien kafton, ktvu fox 2 news. all the smoke from the butte county fire has made the air quality here in the bay
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area the worst in the country. at first officials were saying that the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups but now it's unhealthy for everyone. doctors have seen an increase in the number of people calling and complaining about respiratory problems. let's go to chief meteorologist bill martin now in the weather center. when is the best chance we'll get some relife from all of this? >> not until the weekend. and then next week around thanksgiving we'll see a southwest wind and rain. >> thee pattern is stoogenent. sacramento is bad today. talked to some folks up there. anywhere from 150 to 200 in terms of measurement. bad air quality. as you look at the forecast for the fire zones, you can see not too bad right? i mean, you know, in terms of fighting the fire. the air quality is such that
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you can see that we are heading for a little worse tomorrow in the north bay around the central bay as well a little better in the south- central. in the weekend, into the 115s in the bay area. you can see how bad it is out there. i don't need to tell you. you know. you get an opportunity to put that car air system on recirculate if you can so you're not breathing this stuff. the jet stream is interesting. that's why fire danger is big. there's a big trough out here which is producing snow today. in parts of also so they are seeing full blown winter the next few days on the east coast can snow in places like washington, dc. it's a blocked pattern. so they are very cool weather cold weather is going to be stuck and so is our very mild
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to warm weather with the slight offshore winds causing the problem. they are not red flag warning level winds but they are getting lots of smoke. the fire is northeast of here. the winds are blowing from the northeast to the southwest. and that's right where we are. these are the forecast overnight tonight. these temperatures are cold as they have been in the last few mornings and the smoke is worse in the mornings because the air sinks the inversion drops and it's just not great. significantly better weekend and beyond air quality. see you back here with the five-day forecast. a frightening ordeal at an east bay shopping center as thieves target cars and block exit routes. >> you know, it's happened so fast, it was terrifying. >> one person describes what happens and thieves smashed her car window and stopped her from getting away.
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this isn't the first time this has happened. coming up new at 6:00 an oakland police officer being called a hero for saving the life of a baby moments after it was born. we'll hear from the officer at 6:00. (music throughout)
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you. it's a smash-and-grab with a twist. the victims were inside their car when a thief comes up smashes the window and grabs what he can. ktvu crime reporter henry lee
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reports. >> reporter: she is very much traumatized and having trouble sleeping after her ordeal. she was alone and in her car when someone snapped through her passenger window. >> it's happened so fast. it was -- it was terrifying. >> reporter: she is still shaken two days after a teen smashed her car window and stole her purse while she was inside her mercedes suv. >> the perpetrator -- we were on a stop. the perpetrator got out of the car, pulled a kerchief like a scarf over his mouth, and then walked up to my car and then just hit it and then grabbed the bag that was on my passenger seat. >> it happened on monday afternoon as thompson was leaving the seafood city supermarket on diamond boulevard in concord. a light suv she had noticed when she first arrived drove up in front of her near the parking lot exit. a passenger got out of the suv which also was a mercedes. >> he walked like this and then he turned around and then he just went -- like he was going to pass by my car.
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and then he turned and then he just went like this right in the middle. he smashed -- >> reporter: stunned but angry, she drove after the thieves. >> my gut reaction probably was not the smartest thing to do but i felt so violated and i wanted to get a face and a license plate so i started chasing them. >> reporter: she lost them on 680. the incident sent shards of glass flying and shattered her sense of security. >> it's the last thing you expect because you're already inside the privacy your car that somebody would cross that line. >> they are sitting inside the cars alone when this happens. >> reporter: two other women were accosted in the same lot in october. a fourth was on foot when she was robbed near the bank of america at the sun valley mall but police think the incidents may be connected. the earlier incidents they escaped in a black honda with tinted windows and paper plates. >> it's brazen. we feel comfort in our cars and locked in. but this is showing a whole 'nother dynamic. >> reporter: this shopper we spoke to was concerned.
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>> i hope this will not happen to me. but it's real scary. nowadays people are doing crazy things. >> reporter: now, police are urging people to be aware of their surroundings, report anything suspicious. police are comparing notes with police in and where there are similar incidents. live at the concord police department, henry lee, ktvu fox 2 news. coming up next, tens of thousands of people still evacuated. the death roll is rising in the wake of the devastating wildfire in butte county. we'll talk to a cal fire battalion chief coming up next. >> schools damaged and destroyed. how to get students back to class. >> a dump truck damaged dozens of vehicles in santa cruz. that truck should have never been on the road. more coming up. [ phone rings ] what?!
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interior secretary ryan zinke along with the head of fema toured the devastation in butte county this morning along with california governor jerry brown. fema has pledged to bring in mobile homes along with portable schools and hospitals as the community of paradise tries to rebuild along with all the other neighboring communities that were affected
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by the fire, as well. tonight, the death toll stands at 48. we're expecting updated information on the "camp fire" at 6:00. so the death toll, so it may go higher. we'll be carrying that press conference live when it begins. in southern california, deputies today found a body believed to be a third victim of the woolsey fire burning in los angeles and ventura counties. they were found inside a home in agoura hill area. nearly 500 structures have been destroyed. right now that fire is 47% contained at more than 150 square miles. firefighters are hoping for better weather conditions as the santa ana winds diminish. joining us is jonathan cox the battalion chief of the butte county fire. so many challenges when dealing of something of this magnitude. it's day 7 of the firefight. what would you say is the biggest priority for you right now? >> yeah. so i think right now, there
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are two big priorities. one is to just kind of contain and reinforce our fire lines. we are getting more confidence as it goes on that we are getting a handle on the fire and firefight itself. the other priority is really just bringing some normalcy back to what's left. that means ensuring that we follow up with every possible reported missing person and reports of possible body recoveries. and then make the area safe to get people back in to see what their property and homes look like. >> jonathan, how long do you think it will be until people are allowed back in? we're looking at pictures that we shot today in the town of paradise. it's block after block after block, nothing is left. >> yeah. frank, so i think, you know, it's a little too early to speculate on exact times. the sheer scale of this is -- is really what's a little bit
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overwhelming. when you're talking about 7,000 buildings and the infrastructure and all the challenges that come along with making something safe again, that's really what we're up against right now. that's why you're seeing such a large number of firefighters and first responders out there just working these 24 hours shifts to try to get people back in there as soon as we can. >> so many people listening to you now, so many people here in the bay area have been touched by what happened up there in butte county and a lot of people here have family and relatives there. do you have a message or advice for the tens of thousands of people who have still evacuated tonight? >> yeah. so, you know, my message to everybody is just, you know, you have 6,000 people from across the western united states literally working 24- hour shifts to get you back to your property or your home or bring some news to you. and i can guarantee you every, single one of them including some of our firefighters who have lost homes aren't going to give up, aren't going to do anything but get this disaster 100% mitigated because we are all in this together.
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>> jonathan, can you put the firefight in perspective for us? it feels like the fire has slowed when it comes to how fast it spreads. would it be fair to say that the worst is over? >> reporter: you know, i'd say on the fireside itself, that the worst is most likely over with the amount of progression, acreage that we're seeing burning. and that really could change if the winds change. but, you know, cautious optimism comes into play when you have the percentages starting to go up. so i think in that regard, we are gaining more confidence every day. i think that the real question right now is how bad is the human toll going to be on this. >> well, jonathan cox, battalion chief with cal fire, we know you're extremely busy. thank you for taking time to talk with us tonight. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> there will be a news conference coming up at 6:01 p.m. where they will be updating us on containment, acres but also more importantly whether they have found any more human
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remains and how many people are still missing. and we'll carry that news conference live when it begins. in the meantime, a lot of schools in butte county were damaged or destroyed by the "camp fire" and getting students back to class is a top priority. officials from all of the school districts in butte county held a meeting in chico this morning to start the process of moving forward. >> reporter: this is the first meeting to talk about how to bring education back to the students of butte county. representatives from the california department of education, the state superintendent's office, butte county office of education, and the office of emergency services gathered at pleasant valley high school to come up with a plan, scholarships, when schools will be rebuilt. these are some of many topics to be discussed. >> including money for counseling, how to help to
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connect to grants. there will be federal grants to help. we are so saddened by the tragedy and the loss of life and people's dreams just went up in smoke. but then also heartened by people sticking together here in this high school. we have hundreds of folks coming together to say how can we help each other? and so we are seeing humanity at its best, neighbor helping neighbor. >> reporter: there are a lot of unknowns. thousands of students in butte county are out of the classroom after the "camp fire." getting them back this is the top priority. butte county's sheriff spoke to the speak. he said he has always been connected to the schools in this county and wants them to know they are not alone in this. >> it's important for all of these folks to know how much we appreciate what they are doing and as i said in their, um -- we have a long road ahead of us. and they are going to be on the front lines of helping our kids kind of deal with the traumas that has been visited upon them and i just wanted to
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say thanks and encourage that. >> reporter: butte county has 14 school districts and charter schools. the butte county office of education says all schools in the county will be closed until at least november 23rd. in chico, ktvu fox 2 news. congress voting on their next leaders. coming up, how california could stake out two key positions of power in the house of representatives. >> plus, the secretary of defense visits of u.s./mexico border and outlines what active duty military will be doing as migrants arrive.
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defense secretary james mattis defended the use of active duty troops today on the u.s./mexico border. the comments were made as mattis was on the way to visit u.s. troops along the border in south texas. a breakaway group of several hundred people from the caravan have arrived at a port of entry to the u.s. the department of homeland security says those who cross illegally are ineligible for asylum. mattis says the u.s. troops now deployed in the area are helping border police get ready for the caravan's eventual arrival. he also says he doesn't anticipate troops coming into direct contact with them. >> the department of defense missions do not involve military personnel at this
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time directly participating in any law enforcement. law enforcement is left in the hands of the customs and border police. >> the lead caravan of 11,000 migrants is in guadalajara, 1400 miles from the border. the department of defense estimates more than 7,000 troops will be positioned in california, arizona and texas. turns out that californians may lead both parties of the u.s. house of representatives when the next congress reconvenes. incoming members of congress are gathering in capitol hill today. lauren blanchard is in washington now with more. reporter: some familiar lawmakers will remain in leadership positions here in washington but there will be at least one big change when it comes to senate republicans. >> leadership for the next congress beginning to take shape. chuck schumer re-elected to his post by acclamation and dick durbin will once again be democratic whip. >> the unity in our caucus has
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been our strength and it will continue stronger than ever in the 116th congress. >> reporter: majority leader mitch mcconnell was also re- elected by acclamation but senate republicans will have a new whip, south dakota's john soon. he is replacing texas senator john cornyn who was term limited. >> look forward to working in a bipartisan way. >> reporter: house republicans holding elections. jim jordan launching a challenge to become house minority leader but the job went to california's kevin mccarthy. >> we serve in a divided government, in a divided country. our goal is to unite us back together again. >> reporter: democrats will regain the speaker's gavel in january. but the question right now is if it will return to nancy pelosi. it appears she doesn't have the votes at the moment. but she is the only one running for the position and is getting support from some
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colleagues. >> nancy pelosi's tough. i think she has earned the right to lead us for another term. >> reporter: the house will elect its speaker once it convenes in the new year. nancy pelosi became the first and so far only woman to fill the role back in 2007. in washington, lauren blanchard, fox news. from mow brakes to not even being registered -- from no brakes to not even being registered to drive, the new list of problems with the runaway dump truck that crashed into dozens of cars on highway 1 in santa cruz. >> the air quality is bad. it continues day after day. no big changes coming up. but we'll show you when the next chance for a wind shift would be coming up.
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fbi' u.s. trawler big rig crashed on highway 101 in sonoma county this morning. the drive broke harms but got himself out. the big rig was hauling more than 3,000 packages. ten this is balls, toys and bottles of wine among the things all screen across highway 101 in cotati after the crash. the big rig overturned when the driver swerved to avoids a car that had crashed into a guardrail. traffic was backed up for miles. the driver who crashed ahead of the truck left the scene. >> a runaway dump truck in
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santa cruz should never have been on the road. it caused a 21-car pile-up on 101 and it didn't have properly working brakes. ktvu's jesse gary with new details about the pile-up. >> reporter: the damage from outside pales in comparison with the inside. most of the brakes were out of adjustment or not working at all and that's one of the myriad of problems. >> from the get-go, not even registered to be on the road. so that truck shouldn't even have been driving over highway 17. >> reporter: tuesday, 28-year- old hector castaneda was driving the 45-foot-long truck traveling southbound on highway 17 at the intersection of highway 1. he plowed into 21 cars, causing two vehicles to burst into flames after telling investigators the truck's brakes failed. he and 10 other drivers were injured in the accident. according to a department of
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transportation website, as of november 13th, the rig owned by -- has been cited and forced out of service 76 times, more than 21% of the national average. >> it's like a person with a suspended driver's license or a dui driver who makes a conscious decision to operate that vehicle on the highway regardless of safe practices. >> reporter: chp officials say last year they inspected about 500,000 trucks and issued about 150,000 enforcement documents. >> hello? >> reporter: we went to the company to ask about their fleet and citations. but we didn't get any answers. >> we have two sides of this, the driver and the trucking company. >> reporter: chp officers say no one has been arrested yet but their investigation is just beginning. theit may lead to prosecution. ktvu's jesse gary,jesse gary, ktvu fox 2 news. the story is the air
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quality which is less than desirable. there's all the smoke out of the valley. it hugs to the valley. it contours in the mornings when the air sinks. it contours to the valley between the sierra nevada and the coastal range and it runs right down gets to the delta and takes a right and we are seeing unprecedented in my mind levels of smoke that i can remember in the bay area. we have had days like this. we just haven't had the day after day like this in my experience. so what we have in terms of the forecast, you can see that tomorrow is going to be not a good day as well especially in the north bay when the numbers go up to 150, 160 in the eastern zone. south-central and south bay a little better. friday we all get a better air quality. we should be in the orange and yellows on friday and saturday. at least that he the hope. as you look outside, you can see that the smoke is really lingering in the city right now. there's plenty of it. that's how it's going to go right through tomorrow.
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so it's what we had today is what we get tomorrow and, you know, quick look at the east coast, this is the real deal. they have a nor'easter going to work up into the eastern seaboard on thursday. flight delays in new york and washington with significant snow up to 6" in some places, cold with freezing ice. they are already seeing freezing rain in parts of the appalachians and for us it's just steady as she goes. it's good in that we're not seeing high fire danger or red flag warnings but we are seeing an east flow which is bringing smoke into the area. overnight lows in the 30s. the forecast for tomorrow the temperatures will come in even colors. it's a substantial pattern
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stable pattern will take us into the weekend when things change around a little bit. that's when we get a wind shift, too, julie and frank. here's the five-day forecast. hazy skies diminish. towards thanksgiving middle of next week, we get a significant southwest wind which will help a ton and some rain. overreal rain? >> significant rain. >> boy. we could use it. >> we could. >> thank you. thanksgiving as bill said is next week. next thursday. and now what comes after that. yup. shopping season. coming up in a moment, an important toy warning for parents. >> also ahead, coming up, in minutes at 6:00, an oakland police officer being hailed a hero for saving the life of a newborn baby minutes after he was born. we'll hear from that officer. >> and we are expecting a live update from cal fire and the
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butte county sheriff in a couple of minutes. we'll bring it to you on ktvu fox 2 news at 6:00. (music throughout)
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if you are looking for for work, holiday help was started to be hired months ago and plans are impressive. amazon plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers and target 120,000. in total the national retail federation estimates that retailers could be looking to hire 650,000 seasonal holiday employees this year. >> i could ask for what i
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want. if i don't get it i go down the street. >> companies are discovering they have to come up with more perks for all employees including holiday help. that can include big discounts but remember, it can also mean workers will be on the job on thanksgiving, black friday, christmas eve and even new year's eve. so with thanksgiving next week, that means the holiday shopping season is here. but before you start buying gifts, we have a list of the worst holiday toys. garrett tenney has our report. >> this year alone an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries occurred. one child is treated every three minutes for a toy related injury. >> reporter: the group world against toys causing harm or watch is releasing their annual worst toys for the holiday season list. included in the line-up, a black panthers slash claw. >> there's one thing a child will do with that claw. you might imagine it. >> reporter: a power rangers super ninja toy. >> retracts and extends, rigid plastic, sold for 4-year-olds, potential for serious eye injuries, impact injuries.
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>> reporter: along with a nerf gun, cutting fruit kit and a pillow pet. all make the list due to the potential dangers behind playful exteriors. the organization warns anyone buying toys this holiday season not to assume they have all been properly vetted during pre-market testing. and just because it comes from a reputable brand or retailer doesn't make it safe. some toy industry trade members disagree, though, and call the list biased and inaccurate. >> watch is not testing any of the toys that they have included on this list for their safety. and toy manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure that toys are safe and compliant and they have a lot of testing that they do in order to ensure that. >> reporter: hanukkah begins december 2nd and christmas is on december 25th. i'm garrett tenney, fox news.
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governor brown and federal officials get an up-close look at the twisted metal and melted plastic in the butte county town of paradise as they survey the damage. the incredible damage from the "camp fire." >> i don't have the words as to describe it. it's like a war zone. >> we are expecting an update from cal fire any moment. we'll bring it to you as soon as it begins. good evening. i'm frank somerville. >> i'm julie haener. the butte county sheriff released a list today with the names of some of the missing as teams press on for the search of human remains. the "camp fire" grew about 5,000 acres overnight to 135,000 acres, about 210 square miles.
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it's 35% contained. thousands of firefighters are battling the flames. 48 people are dead. the national guard went to the scene to help with recovery of human remains. they will be using special equipment to identify dna within hours instead of days. >> the sheriff says there are still 103 people who are missing although again, those numbers could change. the missing are aged 21 to 95 most from paradise and magalia and the majority of seniors in some cases there are two or three people listed with the same last name. in one case there are four people with the same last night. we have posted that list on our website, ktvu.com. >> the news conference from cal fire is happening at the silver dollar fairgrounds in chico. we are expecting to get an update on the number of acres burned, containment and the grimmest of all

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