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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc 7 news." >> good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. cell phone video shows the flames here. this all started when alameda county deputies showed up to evict the people living there. >> this happened in west oakland. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony joins us with this live chain of events. >> reporter: the coroner and oakland fire investigators are involved in what started as a routine eviction procedure that ended with an explosion and fire that left one man dead and two deputies with minor injuries.
neighbors told abc 7 news they first heard a loud boom and then ran out to see this. a home at 14th and peralta completely engulfed in flames. >> it went boom and you saw police officers running from the house. >> reporter: the back portion erupted just as two sheriffs deputies and a locksmith were serving an eviction notice on the man who lived there. >> making zee to the lock. an explosion in the home that sent both deputies to the hospital with minor injuries. >> that's when i heard the second boom. >> reporter: janet lives in the upstairs unit. two of her sons also live in the first part of the triplex and operate a music studio there. >> i headed through the living room and told my son we have to get out of here. and that was right after the second boom. >> reporter: once the flames died down, they found a badly burned body just inside the doorway. >> we believe even more so that
it was a natural gas incident. the question is whether it was disconnected to commit suicide or disconnected or left on and ignited knowing the deputies were there. >> the coroner will determine if the body found inside was that of the tenant. the target of the evuction. laura anthony, abc 7 news. san mateo county fires dealt with a small grass fire. sky hd was over the scene just west of 280. crews put it out before it damaged any buildings. now to sky 7 hd. live pictures of the jerusalem fire that's burning in lake county. it's exploded in size to 12,000 acres. doubling in size from last night. the fire broke out sunday afternoon. right now it's 0% contained. >> 50 structures are threatened by the fire. mandatory evacuation orders remain in jerusalem value. it could merge with the nearby
rocky fountain and create one giant fire. we're joined by daniel burrland from cal fire. thanks for joining us. what is the latest situation there? obviously this would be awful if those two fires merge. >> it's important to note the rocky fire is pretty much contained. 88% containment. most of the fire activity we're seeing is within that perimeter. it's not like these are going to become one giant fire. however the jerusalem fire is growing at the same rapid rate that we saw the rocky fire burn the first couple of days. this fire has become very active and continuing to burn. >> daniel, exactly how far is the jerusalem fire from the rocky fire. >> the jerusalem fire has burned right up to the perimeter of where the rocky fire had earlier burned and earlier contained. this fire has been pushing toward the east.
instead of going to the north, we've seen a lot of the activity east of this fire as well as now we're starting to see some of it into the northeast part of this fire as well. so it's really burning around where the rocky fire had burned. as the southwest winds have come up and are pushing this fire toward the east, it's move away from those homes being evacuated. it moves closer to just open wild land ready to burn. >> you talk about the conditions. obviously we always hope overnight you can get a better handle on it. that wasn't the case. how challenging was it considering that? >> even overnight wee saw fire activity throughout the latest of the evening into the early morning. we saw cooler temperatures, higher humidity. fire activity really did lay down. it's not about extreme hot temperatures. it's not about strong gusty winds. it's about the dry conditions. there are gusty winds but it's dry vegetation that's fueling this fire as it did with the
rocky fire. >> how many homes are threatened and is this the same terrain and area as we saw with the rocky fire where it's difficult to get to and makes the challenge that much greater. >> there are about 50 homes threatened by this fire. it's move away from those homes. however, those residents remain evacuated. this is burning in similar terrain. it's rocky, steep and very dry. access to some of those areas can be very difficult to take hours to get equipment back into the area. that's where the air resources have been critical to drop retardant, slowing down this fire. even as you can see, there's not a lot of roads back into those areas. aur a air resources are critical. >> thank you for giving us the latest on the jerusalem fire. let's get the latest on the conditions and we turn to the weather forecast.
>> spencer christian is here. >> sunny skies and dry conditions across the bay area. that includes the area of the jerusalem fire and rocky fire. 83 degrees. quite warm. very dry. relative humidity only 22%. winds out of the south-southwest gusting to 18 miles an hour. this area of green represents the big smoke bloom generated from these fires and blown up to the northeast. as our spokesperson pointed out, away from homes in the area but it could be great to have weaker winds, no winds at all. we expect winds to remain gusty into the late night hours but they'll probably pick up tomorrow afternoon. current conditions in the bay area, blue skies. in the west, 65 here in san francisco with low to mid-70s at oakland, mountain view.
69 at half moon bay. and some low clouds moving in front of our tower camera obscuring our view of san francisco. the camera pointed out over the city. temperatures in the upper 70s. and mid-80s at nap affairfield, concord and livermore. scary moment for passengers on a flight from san francisco to newark today. a united flight had to abort takeoff because of what the faa is calling engine failure. >> one passenger shared photos. the plane veered sharply, about five seconds into takeoff. he posted this picture of other passengers getting off the plane after the fire department boarded. united airlines is accommodating the passengers on board to get to newark. chevron agreed to pay $146,000 in fines for air pollution at the richmond refinery. the air quality management district said it was cited 22 times, mostly for discharging
unhealthy levels of hydrogen sulfide and other compounds through flaring. they were also cited for excess carbon monoxide coming out. the cleanup began in ferguson, missouri. >> state of merge remains in effect after the demonstrations too mark the one-year anniversary of the death of an unarmed black man. brandi hitt has this story. >> reporter: the streets of ferguson remain calm but that could soon change. protesters are planning more demistrations. as we saw last night, tensions rise when the sun goes down. protesters doused with mace in another face-off with police in ferguson, missouri. nearly two dozen demonstrators were arrested overnight after officers claim they were attacked with rocks and frozen water bottles. this group of armed when who
call themselves the ost keepers. >> we're just protecting people. that's all. >> reporter: the growing tension and protests shuting down streets and highways mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of michael brown. but monday's disruptions were much more calm than the bloodshed just 24 hours earlier when this gunfight erupted between two rival groups. the police chief even caught off guard during an interview. amid the chaos, an 18-year-old was shot by officers. harris remains hospitalized charged with ten felonies. violence sparked by are a few is overshadowing a peaceful message meant to enact change. >> it doesn't stop me from keep
coming back. i'm going to keep coming back. >> reporter: now if there's any good news from overnight it's that there was no gunfire, no looting and property damage. that state of emergency remains in effect as police wait to see what happens this evening. if there are more protests and more violence. reporting live in ferguson, brandi hitt, abc 7 news. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, remembering robin williams. a year after his passing. how strangers are paying tribute to the comedian this afternoon. will a drone help police the skies over the bay area's largest city. the debate is under way. the east bear supermarket now just a pile of rubble. the clue leading some to suspect arson. and we're checking your traffic. skyway jammed up in both directions. and there's a giants game tonight. on the right-hand side is your traffic trying to get southbound
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diagnosed with the early stages of parkinson's. on our facebook page, we're remembering robin williams. hundreds have shared their memories of the late comedian. let us know your favorite robin williams' moment. san jose police are expected to get the okay any time now to add a new tool to their arsenal. a drone. it could give them an important bird's-eye view at crime scenes. critics fear it would give them the right to spy or eavesdrop on regular folks. we're joined from san jose city hall where the council is meeting right now. chris, any decision yet? >> reporter: not yet. the item has not gone up for discussion just yet. as you said, city council is meeting right now. the drones will help save lives but some are skeptical saying that community members should be concerned about their privacy. this afternoon san jose city
council members will look at either approving or rejecting a one-year police drone pilot program. last year police acquired the $7,000 drone similar to this one as part of a federal grant. it's been grounded ever since pending approval from the city. some community members are concerned about the use of drones as it relates to privacy and civil liberties. >> the use of technology is experimental. it's the reason drones have been challenged in cities and counties and jurisdictions across the country. >> reporter: larry ames is chairman of the commission. the commission has and up with a set of rules and regulations that should help ease fears. >> it will not be used for surveillance. it does not have telephoto lenses or infraredoleninfrared . >> the drone needs to go up.
it can save lives. it can make the officers more safe. it's not about surveilling the public. it's about giving us another tool that we can use on the street. >> if given the go-ahead, the pilot program would still need approval from the federal aviation administration. the earliest the drone could go up would likely be 2017. chris wynn, abc 7 news. as many as 100 commercial druk drivers may have paid up to $5,000 each for illegal california licenses. officials announced today a dmv employee and trucking school owner each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud. more employees may be involved. the employees changed computer records to falsely show the drivers passed written and behind the wheel test. a report about air safety that was kept a secret. air traffic controllers admit they're having trouble staying awake on the job.
stephanie ramos has the story. >> reporter: a study of air traffic controllers kept hidden for several years reveals that many controllers are having trouble staying awake on the job. putting lives at risk. in condition kkentucky, 49 peop killed in this crash. investigators decided to focus on controller fatigue. >> they are working very hard to be 100% perfect, 100% of the time and cumulative fatigue is a big problem. >> reporter: in d.c., similar problems with controllers asleep and jetliners landing without guidance. >> though tower is apparently not manned. we've made a default call. nobody is answering. expect to go in to an uncontrolled airport. >> reporter: according to the report on fatigue, controllers reported an alarming lack of sleep. three-quarters of the more than 3,000 surveyed said their schedules led to chronic
fatigue. in 2012, the there were changes made to scheduling which has changed things since the report. new york jets quarterback geno smith will be out six to ten weeks after being sucker punched in the jaw by one of his own teammate ss. smith will need surgery. the teammate ikemefuna enemkpali. they got into an altercation in the locker room. it had nothing to do with football and was something very childish. they were in the middle of a dispute over a $600 airplane ticket. smith is entering his third year in the league. this is the last thing the longsuffering jets needed was their quarterback out. let's get to our weather. >> no punches being thrown here.
>> not yet. >> we know larry doesn't like it too hot. >> i saw 98. >> i'm taking the weekend off. >> live doppler 7 hd. mild conditions under mainly sunny skies. a few clouds around. here's a look at some of those clouds. we had some wet spots from overnight drizzle to wet spots. western side of san francisco. glenn park, .03. here's a live view of sfo. these are our forecast futures. thursday, warmer days will come through the bay area. will scorch the bay area beginning on friday. over the weekend, look for
triple-digit heat. we'll get to an indicator of how warm it's going to be. the satellite composite -- radar satellite composite. producing showers off shore. they're not likely to move into the bay area. here's the animation through tonight carrying us through the day. the showers stay offshore. the low migrates to our north. high air mass expands westward into california. and that's going to bump our temperatures up over the weekend rather significantly. next few days, temperatures will be in an average. saturday and sunday we'll see highs up to about 100 in livermore and then dropped back to low 90s on monday and moderate further on tuesday. tonight, we'll see some areas of low clouds and fog near the coast and bay. low temperatures in the mid to low 50s. more comfortable than the low
60s. tomorrow, mainly sunny skies and patches of lingering fog. mild on the coast with highs in the mid to upper 60s. and low to mid-80s inland. hours a t friday the warming beginning. some low to mid-90s. 100 inland and warmest spots on saturday. upper 90s on sunday and temperatures moderate on monday and tuesday. so just -- not a heat wave but a heat spike. >> thanks. up next, we'll hear from the pair gliding pastor who became the center of a bizarre police pursuit in southern california. after 4:30, the
volunteering their expertise. today's workshop was taught by the tap root foundation. non-profits learned how to connected with professionals offering pro bono work. to learn more about the tap roots foundation go to abc7 news.com. a lucky san jose man is a millionaire after purchasing a lotto ticket. take a look at his picture. the win in the lower right corner, although -- >> it's small. >> the $10 scratcher was bought at j.t. liquor. the store will receive a separate retailer bonus of $5,000 for selling that winning ticket. los angeles is known for car chases. a sheriff's helicopter chased down a paraglider flying too close to a prison. >> it's a story we first brought you last night at 11:00. now we're hearing from the
paraglider at the center of this misunderstanding. >> here's a reporter from our sister station. >> reporter: he's back in the air after an unusual aerial pursuit. >> i just took off going flying. i guess they thought i was dropping drugs off to el chapo at the prison. >> reporter: megan who is a pastor ended up at the center of a crazy chase in the sky after his afternoon flight took him too close to the detention center. he was on his way to pyramid lake when deputies thought it appeared as if he flew over the jail. >> there was just a concern someone might be dropping contraband or crazy escape attempt. >> reporter: a sheriff's helicopter was quickly in pursuit, ordering him to land. a chase only fit for l.a. >> never a paraglider. it's my first. >> reporter: the 67-year-old never heard a thing thanks to
the large motor strapped to his back. >> at first i thought they were just looky-loos. i figured when they cut in front of me twice i better land. >> reporter: he was detained and questioned, deputies searching his equipment and vehicle before finally releasing him. he says he can't believe he wound up a wanted man but says it won't stop him from enjoying the flying he loves so much. >> it's what you see. it's amazing. i have the opportunity to see things that no one does. from animals to architecture of houses. it's just phenomenal. >> unreal. leann suitor from knbc reporting. a neighboring property owner lets him paraglide on that land. abc 7 news at 4:00 continues. it's the first day drivers can't turn on to market street in san francisco.
broadcast center, this is abc 7 news. >> here are the headlines where you live at 4:30. anxplosion injured two alameda county sheriff's deputies while serving an eviction notice. they are trying to determine what set off the explosion. laura anthony will have a full report at 5:00. the jerusalem fire in lake county is 12,000 acres and is prompting mandatory evacuations. cornell barnard is in lake county and sawill also report le at 5:00. there's are a new campaign in san francisco to fine drivers who pass a stopped cable car. the fine is $238. the increased enforcement comes after two operators were badly injured. and an investigation continues after a fire destroyed a market and damaged nearby
businesses in san leandro. david louie joins us live with the story. >> reporter: ama, only ten feet separate an apartment building with the market that burned. and residents have provided valuable information to fire investigators that they may help pinpoint how this fire started. what used to be marina supermarket was quickly demolished. firefighters have been standing by putting out spot fires. now comes the laborious task of pinpointing the cause. first responders and neighbors told investigators they smelled gasoline about the time the store erupted in flames. that's raised suspicion this may be a case of arson because of the damage to the market and an adjacent store exceeding $1 million. the bureau of tobacco and
firearms will be lending their help. >> the benefit of a partnership with a local bureau of atf is all of those tools that can identify different levels of gases or accelerants that may have been used, either in a container or outdoor area. >> reporter: a video recording is also being reviewed from joe jabbers empire smoke shop. there is no person of interest identified so far. >> hopefully find out if somebody set it or not. >> reporter: jabbers smoke shop, a coffee shop and nail salon have been yellow tagged, meaning access is limited. a medical supply firm is fire damaged. once again, security cameras are showing their value as an investigative tool. >> shouldn't have to worry about cameras if you're doing nothing wrong. >> but if you are doing something bad -- >> you should probably watch out. >> reporter: david louie, abc 7 news. towns located down stream
from an accidental chemical release from a river in colorado are demanding answers about the safety of their water supply. that's led to a state of emergency in colorado and new mexico. the environmental protection agency apol joogized and is tak full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of gold mine waste. the plume of heavy metams have largely moved on. >> the threat to human health is returning back to pre-event levels. it's not already there now, it's getting there and certainly optimistic in the near future we can reopen the river. >> the spill impacted the water supply for thousands of people. demonstrations today in japan. >> the country restarted a nuclear reactor. the first to begin operating under new safety requirements following the fukushima disaster
in march 2011. japan's 48 nuclear reactors were taken offline following meltdowns following the massive earthquake and snaumty there. the new poll out today shows donald trump has taken a slight dent in iowa. trump has lost some support following last week's gop debate. he's still leading the crowded field. >> megyn kelly is responding to controversial comments trump made about her questioning at that debate. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: fox news anchor megyn kelly finally addressing the attacks against her by donald trump on her show. >> you may have heard there was a dust-up involving yours truly and donald trump. >> reporter: it started with this question to trump at the presidential debate on fox. >> you've called women you don't like fat bigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. >> only rosie o'donnell.
>> reporter: that led to this attack. >> there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of -- wherever. >> reporter: despite being widely criticized, trump is standing firm he wasn't implying menstruation and even called on kelly to apologize. >> trump will not apologize and i will not apologize for doing good journalism. >> reporter: trump phoned into the network tuesday but didn't talk about kelly or the debate. meanwhile, rick perry's campaign is apparently having financial problems. not paying his staff in the early primary state of south carolina. on the democratic side, hillary clinton continues to tout or college affordable plan saying republican critics don't have a plan of their own. >> there was not one word from one of those candidates about making college affordable or dealing with debt. >> reporter: the latest political feud is pith jeb bush and hillary clinton. the two exchanging sarcastic
shots on twitter over her college funding plan. stephanie ramos, abc news, washington. jeb bush will be in the bay area tomorrow. he'll host an evening reception in san francisco and head to silicon valley thursday. coming up at 4:00, the employer telling new moms to bring their newborn babies to work. first, the california city playing ball twlen comes to beating the drought. >> i'm spencer christian. mainly blue sky, but we have some big changes coming our way as well. i'll have the accuweather forecast in a moment. a live look at the afternoon commute. highway 101 in san rafael. oncoming traffic is usually the heavier commute direction. moving decently. better on the right side southbound for those drivers going back toward the golden gate bridge and into san
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more than 10,000 people are without power in arizona after a dust storm swept across phoenix. ominous skies there. the dust storm is also known as a haboob. they've issued a severe thunderstorm warning for that area. winds were up to 50 miles an hour with visible on the roads close to zero. no haboobs here. just us. >> i'm only -- >> i'm sorry. too easy. >> he hit it out of the park.
live doppler 7 hd. mainly sunny skies. mild conditions. look in the tropical pacific. hurricane hilda weakening. expected to become a tropical storm. it's moving in the direction of hawaii. we have tropical storm warnings or watch posted for the big island for thursday. could deal a little bit of a blow there. expected to stay on a westward path that would take it west of the remaining islands. across the 48 contig youous sta, a hot day. southeast corridor and central and northern rockies. across california tomorrow, mainly calm conditions and mainly warm. 90 at sacramento. 93 fresno. 95 fresno. 93io 93 yosemite. mainly sunny skies near the bay.
highs tomorrow mid to upper 60s along the coast. mid and upper 70s along the bay. and mid to upper 80s in the inland areas. some temperatures near 100 degrees for the inland. for the end of the week, looking mild to warm. in southern california, los angeles city officials have released 20,000 shade balls into the l.a. reservoir as a final step in a water quality protection project. l.a. is the first city to use shade balls which are filled with water to help keep them in place to keep out sunlight. their purpose is to reduce evaporation. >> that'll conserve 300 million gallons of water each year. that's 300 million gallons to fight this drought. >> the balls protect the water against dust, rain and chemical reactions caused by the sun.
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covering san rafael, south bay, pleasanton and all the bay area, this is abc 7 news. >> definitely not the ritz-carlton. visitors looking for a place to stay during pope francis' trip to philadelphia will have an unusual option. the "uss new jersey" is offering bunks for $75 a night. they'll get breakfast and dinner and a tour of the museum and ride in the flight simulator. >> there's a question whether this is the world's greatest battleship.
this ship is on top of the delaware river. >> one down side, no showers. it's docked just across the river from philadelphia where the pope will visit during the third week of september. would you bring your newborn baby to work? two washington state agencies are offering that for parents for the first six months. what does that mean for everybody else in the office. cecilia vega has the story. >> reporter: bring your child to work day has a new meaning. it's not just in hollywood in "life as we know it." >> i'm not a babysitter. automat i'm a cab driver. >> reporter: some offices in washington state are allowing people to bring their babies to work. six weeks up to 6 months old. >> it was really exciting to know i wouldn't have to bring her to day care after eight weeks of maternity leave.
>> reporter: first time she brings in 4-month-old lydia in. >> having this extra time with her has meant the world to me. >> reporter: parents and babies win. allowing a parent and infant to remain together in the earliest stage of life provides critical bonding, healthy infant brain development and parental well-being. so far co-workers say baby lydia is the perfect colleague. >> it's helped productivity. i think morale is high and it's been a good thing for our office. >> in the policy we say if baby is having a bad day and is very fussy, baby gets sick, mom takes baby home. we haven't had to do that here. the only catch here, when babies start to cry, they need not apply. >> a lawsuit has been filed accusing a ride sharing service uber of sending spam text messages. michael finney looks into that.
>> this is really interesting. texting is an essential form of communicating for uber. you hail a ride through an app. uber confirms that by text. they are being sued for sending too many of those. the company doesn't confirm the numbers given to them by customers. as a result, one woman said she's received nine errant texts from the company. it seeks damages of $500 per each wrong text. a travel club has been fined nearly $3 million for robo calling potential customers for business. the prerecorded calls from florida-based travel club marketing is accused of making calls without permission. 3 out of 4 calls were received by consumers who were already on the do not call list. the companies fined by the federal trade commission are travel club marketing which also goes by the name of diamond vacations, great vacations, travel link corp, proven results
direct marketing and direct marketing travel services. the promotion by cosmetic retailer sephora proved too popular. customers could redeem award points for big prizes. but many of the best prizes were claimed within minutes. others say their shopping carts were stuck in long queues and couldn't check out. those who complained received automated apologies. >> what's about the gift? >> we have to continue doing work on this. >> sorry, no gift for you on this. >> thank you, michael. frontier airlines eliminated its toll-free calls. they will help keep fares down. they've replaced the 800 toll free number with a salt lake city number. most people are using their cell
phones with free long distance calling plans anyways. angry e-mails can apparently make you angrier. >> and is breakfast the most irmportent meal of the day? >> not eating breakfast can make you fat. for some, maybe not. it may not be true. research from the dietary council guidelines they middle age men are most likely to gain weight if they skip breakfast. some nutritions and parent groups say the weight range of a child may contribute to eating disorders and poor body image. some educators feel although schools track vision and hearing the tracking of height and weight is best left to health care providers. researchers say people
become even angrier and more aggressive after they vent. people who vent anonymously online were said to be the most angry. a lifestyle shift has impacted the sports bra. they are on the rise as women choose to wear those instead of a traditional bra. i'm jane king. here's to your health. some dogs like squeaky toys. some a bone. the special pup you are about to meet likes boxes. >> this way. come on. >> that is the english box loving bulldog refusing to drop that favorite toy. boxes, they are his thing.
he picked thus one up in a parking lot and would not let it go. i don't care. i'm not dropping it. >> they need to cut a hole in that box. a concussion problem there. still going strong. kfc is rolling out two new menu items in china with a hope they'll save sagging sales. >> behold the chicken sandwich with black and pink buns. they're the black diamond bacon spicy chicken leg burger and roast cheese chicken leg burger. they hope to boost sales with the colored sandwiches. they've been declining the last three years and fell 10% in the last year alone. up next, the first day drivers can't make turns on to market street in san francisco. the challenge that posed for some consumers. here's cheryl with what's ahead at 5:00. >> a group that helps kids in
the 2015 cadillac srx. lease this from around $339 per month, or purchase with 0% apr financing. tonight in primetime, we have "fresh off the boat" followed by "blackish" and two hours of "extreme weight loss." then join us for abc 7 news at 11:00. there are big changes on san francisco's main downtown thoroughfare. most drivers are no longer able to make turns on several blocks of market street. abc 7 news reporter melanie woodrow is live along market street with the latest. >> reporter: try as they may, boy did some try. turning on to market between third and eighth is no longer allowed. new restrictions are in effect. >> they changed the rules on
market. >> reporter: despite news stories and new signs, lots of drivers are still in the dark. >> where are you going? >> i don't know anymore. >> reporter: cyclists are hoping they'll see the light. >> it's great. i've been hit by turning cars. >> reporter: the new restructions aim to help end traffic deaths by 2024. >> it's a good move. >> reporter: taxis, bicycles, buses and some trucks are exempt from the restrictions while ride share companies like uber and lift are not. >> it's not like you can't drive a car. you just can't turn. traffic officers are here to remind you, at least in the meantime. thank you for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm ama daetz. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts with cheryl and larry.
>> the jerusalem fire continues at an explosive rate. >> firefighters cannot catch a break. two big fires ready to merge into one gigantic one. residents are chased out of their homes. a house in oakland goes up in flames. how deputies were injured and the terrible discovery found inside. and dmv employees charged with trading cash for licenses. >> if you love the cable cars, operator asks you love and protect them, too. >> a lot of close calls. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc 7 news." >> firefighters are racing to battle another out-of-control wildfire rapidly burning up part of lake county. now the flames are closing in on another major blaze. >> not about strong gusty winds. it's really about the dry
conditions. >> good evening. i'm larry beil in for dan ashley. >> i'm cheryl jennings. the fire is doubling in size the last two nights and now cover at least 12,000 acres. it's out of control, zero containment as it gets close to merging with the rocky fire. cornell barnard joins us. >> reporter: this fire has been a complete monster today, rearing its ugly head at the sky. cal fire says the jerusalem fire appears to be gaining ground tonight in the north, northwest away from populated areas. that's the good news. mandatory evacuations are under way. but not everybody is getting out. sky 7 hd over the newist firefight in lake county. the jerusalem fire burning through bone-dry brush and steep terrain. >> it's hour to hour.
>> reporter: robert and deb are watching the fire burn on the hill opposite their olive farm. they live inside the mandatory evacuation zone but are choosing to stay put. >> mandatory evacuations, but they know that we're here, and they know we have an escape route. >> we're called refusers because we won't leave, but we're staying. >> reporter: more than 1,000 firefighters are on the front lines. some who fought the nearby rocky fire just days ago. winds appear to be moving the fire to the north. >> that would be more advantageous than if it came west. >> i've got my generator we use for power. >> reporter: terry atkins has most of his belongings in the bask his truck. his dogs are here, too. he just left his home for the second time in two weeks. >> the only reason we had to evacuate because of the dust and smoke and were