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it's moving away from the city, leaving acres of devastation behind. and here's another look at what's left in redding. drone view 7 shows you burned out lot after lot after lot. it's a terrible scene there. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. thank you for joining us. start with the latest on the fires in lake county. >> evacuees are being let back into parts of potter valley. 12,000 homes remain threatened by the fires. >> they've destroyed seven homes and three other structures. the fires have burned more than 74,000 acres. >> vic lee is live off highway 29 in lakeport tonight with the latest there. vic? >> reporter: well, dan, we are at this red stop at the edge of lakeport. residents here, by the way, are still under evacuation orders. and behind me you can see that thick inversion layer. somewhere in there is the fire and the firefighters. last night flames from the western flank of the mendocino
complex fire could be seen spreading. today, another story. a thick inversion layer blanketed the hills on the western edge of clear lake above the water's edge. the thick umbrella hid the flames of the mendocino complex fire that already burned 75,000 acres. some residents of a rural community called potter valley had been evacuated. they were allowed in today, but not miguel, who was forced to leave his home saturday. you could see the thick plume of smoke shooting over the mountain near his home. >> it's kind of over the mountain, more on the left side of it. >> reporter: the left side of the mountain is where the fire is heading. a fire that's hard to contain. the firefighters' natural enemies, the heat, turbulent winds and dry and abundant fuel. >> vegetation that's 10 to 20 foot tall, hasn't burned before, from my estimate it hasn't burned in decades. >> reporter: fred lopez commands
a strike team dubbed romeo romeo. they were getting supplies and checking equipment before going to sleep in these special trailers which has 42 beds. this is the fire base which now houses some 2,000 firefighters. they're all working 24-hour shifts. lopez's strike team worked until 8:00 a.m. this morning. they had some success overnight. >> we were able to continue to flank the fire and keep it from moving further south. >> reporter: but their resources are stretched thin. there are just too many fires in the state. reenforcements, however, are coming. >> we do have resources coming in from about six other states with other states helping from across the united states, including florida. >> reporter: the first contingent of national guard troops were arriving, many deployed with the chp, at evacuation check points. the fire is pushing to the southeast, and the wind is really starting to hit hard. firefighters last night had trouble containing it on the
eastern edge and the southern flank. so that is where firefighters, tonight, will concentrate their efforts. vic lee, abc 7 news. >> vic, thank you. let's give you a different view now of the devastation from the carr fire in redding. >> drone view 7 shows you the river ridge neighborhood where home after home was burned to the ground, as you can see. cal fire gave droen view 7 pilots special permission to fly over the fire zone and give you this vantage point tonight. 20 people are still listed as missing in the carr fire. it's burned more than 110,000 acres, and is 27% contained. >> abc 7 news reporter eric thomas is live in weaverville tonight where a community meeting started about an hour ago. >> reporter: it did, started about 4:00. peoere trickling out right now. at one point there were nearly 300 people crammed into this theater that seats about 250 to get the latest information from cal fire and law enforcement
about the progress in fighting the carr fire. they heard from cal fire that the fire, as you said, has claimed 110,000 acres, nearly a thousand homes and buildings, and left six people dead, two of them firefighters. they didn't expect the fire to move any farther east towards redding. it has bled over into trinity county where we are. between the two counties, 38,000 people have been displaced. but cal fire says they are trying their best to get them back home soon. >> i can tell you our number one priority, besides safety, is to get you home. and we're serious about that. nobody's keeping you out of your house a second longer than you feed to be. >> there are a bunch of people putting their lives on the line to try to save the homes and crops and farms and community centers. so anyk, are welcome. >> reporter: sarah owns a farm here in trinity county. if it looks familiar, that's because we talked to her last week. she had evacuated from redding staying with friends and drove
down to oakland and stayed with friends down there. meantime, some folks who left the meeting were unhappy. the briefing was centered around redding and shasta county, and not enough about the trinity county side and lewiston and weaverville. we'll talk to some of those people. you'll hear from them at 6:00. don't get me wrong. they have a lot of praise for the work firefighters are doing. but they need more information on what's happening on this side of the county line. live in weaverville, abc 7 news. this horse survived the fire. and yesterday was found running through redding's burn area. today, as you can see from this twitter photo of a mare named ellie, safe and back with her owners. abc 7 news captured this video of a group of construction workers trying to corral this frightened mustang several miles from home. they finally got her, but the horse quickly broke free and took off. >> the owner saw this video on our abc 7 news facebook page,
which helped them track down ellie and bring her home. they tell us she is hurt, but ellie's veterinarian thinks she will be okay. >> good news. unthey wi healthy air is thn hundreds of kids are coming back home from camp. they're due to arrive in buses today. >> the camp is just outside yosemite where the ferguson fire has closed the valley floor, and it will now be closed through at least sunday. so that's an extension. >> that's right. and right now the fire is nearly 58,000 acres, and 33% contained. reporter natalie granda has more. >> reporter: visitors wanting to see yosemite national park will have to wait even longer. several parts of the park will remain closed and more areas are temporarily shutting down as the ferguson fire grows larger. >> the yosemite valley, highway 41, the mariposa grove, the southern part of the park will remain closed at least through
this coming sunday. >> reporter: park officials say the closure is due to the heavy smoke and fire fighting efforts. highway 140 from mariposa has been closed for more than two weeks, highway 41 shut down last tuesday as the fire continued to spread. more than 3,000 firefighters are working on improving containment lines near highway 41. >> the valley is basically closed. >> reporter: that's what visitors who traveled thousands of miles to see the park are being told. they're now having to turn around and change their plans. >> it's closed. there's still some open. >> reporter: the closure is impacting the nearby communities that thrive off visitors, half of mariposa's general fund comes from the tourism season. without visitors, local businesses are taking a hit. >> people are on vacation. so we're expecting to see, you know, a pretty big hit there, probably a million, million and a half, $2 million.
>> reporter: now, that was natalie granda reporting. actor leonardo dicaprio tweeted support for firefighter all over the state and he's asking people to donate to help them out. he's asking his 130,000 followers to send money to the california fire foundation. we'll keep tabs on the fires. let's move on to our other big story we're following today as well, what looks to be a coordinated attempt to influence the upcoming elections. facebook says it has pollulled number of fake accounts that resemble what happened during the 2016 presidential election. here's abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen. >> reporter: as part of its ongoing investigation into election interference, facebook announced today it was banning 32 pages and accounts on facebook and instagram created in the past year and a half. the accounts were responsible for publishing more than 9,500 posts together, and spent more than $11,000 on advertising.
>> it's important that everyone sees the information out there, and then they can do their own research to see what's true and what's not true. >> reporter: facebook can't say for certain who's behind the attack, but did say it was reminiscent of russian-linked accounts during the 2016 presidential election. silicon valley cybersecurity expert amed banafa says they've become more sophisticated. >> they can put a lot of different people in different positions. it can shield the right people from being in the decision-making right there. >> reporter: alex stamos says we've invested heavily in people, and enforcing our policies doesn't require us to confidently contribute the identity of those who violate them or the potential links. melinda jackson says this should
serve as a wakeup call as we approach the elections. >> how to be smarter about who we choose to trust. >> reporter: america's democracy under attack from those who seek to harm it. update on a previous story, le nar doe dicaprio has million followers or twitter. a plane packed with passengers that crashed in mexico, all 101 people on board survived, but many are injured. it came down a few miles outside guadalupe victoria international airport in durango on its way to co c deo, take a look, firefigers are hosing down the wreckage of eeoere red, critically. witnesses said there was a bang, then the plane was on the d felt like the plane was hit by a strong air current.
well, more to come here, protesters descend on a palo alto company. the choice they're asking to be made and how it could have repercussions around the world. more police controls, armed robbery at an iconic san francisco tourist spot. if at first you don't succeed, the effort to secede california from the u.s. gets a reboot. i'm drew tuma, a breezy
president trump. among the demonstrators today at the company a mother and son who saw an angry agent arrest the boy's father, the story from abc 7 news reporter david louie. >> reporter: with protesters blocking the front door chancing, no one was entering or leaving the palo alto offices of palantir, a coalition of 15 groups representing human rights. they want it to cancel its contract with i.c.e. for a case management system. that contract is worth $59 million. >> it's about their bottom line. they can no longer make profits off the backs of immigrants and community members and families kids being fathers. >> reporter: who of the protesters where this woman and her 10-year-old son. i.c.e. came into my house at 7:00 in the morning and took my husband to a detention facility in richmond for a month. their 10-year-old son was caught
in the middle. >> they said they need to look at his card. >> and they took him away? >> yeah. >> reporter: you must have been very frightened. >> i was really sad. >> reporter: protesters have been targeting other tech companies as well, included salesforce in san francisco last month. salesforce has a contract with border protection, but not with i.c.e. protesters did not get to meet any pilantir representatives, but hopes employees will urge the company to cancel its i.c.e. contract. we have not heard back. organizers of a campaign to split california from the u.s. are changing plans. supporters of #calexit say they will abandon their mission, and then relaunch and create
secession. they're gathering signatures that, if approved, would have required a vote on whether california should become an independent nation. organizers say an alternative ballot measure to split california into three states caused confusion. the san francisco police officers association is responding to one supervisor's call for more foot patrols. this comes after an armed robbery at the iconic palace of fine arts. they say more officers are needed. abc 7 news reporter melanie woodrow is live at the palace of fine arts with more. melanie? >> reporter: well, dan, we've seen san francisco police patrolling here all day today. but the captain of northern stations says there was not a unit that was patrolling early sunday morning when this armed robbery happened. an armed robly at this iconic tourist destination. san francisco police say it happened sunday around 7:45 in the morning. someone robbed women and children visiting the palace of fine arts at gunpoint.
>> i'm surprised something like that would happen here because it's a pretty upscale, residential area. >> i think it's alarming and i don't think it should happen anywhere. >> stefani has made greater strides. >> we know police presence works. >> reporter: northern station's captain said there wasn't a patrol unit assigned that early sunday morning. the president for the san francisco police officers association says more officers are needed in general. >> i think every district is kind of faced with wanting more foot patrols. >> i'm with the poa on that, of course we need more officers. >> reporter: this afternoon the san francisco board of supervisors unanimously passed its budget. >> which includes $32 million for additional resources for the police department that will bring on 250 more officers over the next four years. >> even if we're able to attain that goal, it's still not going to be able to keep up with the aount of people we're losing. >> reporter: he says more officers are retiring early.
selling back sick hours before that benefit goes away. there's a 35% attrition rate from the academy. officers with less than five years are going over to other agencies. meantime, tourists say they'll be more vigilant. >> i think you're too safe anywhere. >> reporter: no matter how well-known the destination. san francisco police tell us that this investigation is being handled by the robbery detail out of 850 bryant rather than northern division because the robbery detail has more resources. live in san francisco, melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. a santa cruz man seriously injured while surfing two weeks ago is thanking the people who saved his life. brian hart shared his thoughtsus since his injury. he's out of icu. he was removed from his
ventilator for 30 minutes today. he crashed into the cliff at steam row lane on july 14th. >> nice to see some progress. before we get to weather, a rare sight during a summer storm in arizona to show you. check this out. a storm monsoon blew through the phoenix area yesterday with winds so strong they snapped a palm tree in half. it fell on top of a home. you can see the damage it did to the inside of that house. the storm left about 100,000 people without power. fortunately, no one was hurt. what about our weather? yeah, and those winds, dan, sometimes they can go in excess of 50 miles an hour. it's breezy here right now, not nearly as windy as in that video you just saw. live doppler 7 along with satellite right now showing you it's a calm, quiet picture from space right now. clear skies away from the coast. the coast has fog right now. taking you outside, live look from sutro tower showing you you already have the fog descending on san francisco at this hour. we have a bit of haze and smoke
on the horizon. air quality will be an issue again tomorrow, especially in the north bay and the inland east bay. that is where that smoke from our fires we're tracking to the north will be tomorrow once again. along the coast, and in the south bay we'll have good air quality thanks to that breeze coming off of that cool ocean water. that will help to keep air quality close to the coast rather well. but once again, that smoke will be visible once again in the north bay and inland for another day tomorrow afternoon. we'll take you to mendocino and lake county right now, with an update on the current fire conditions. it's hot up there, it happens in the 90s. relative humidity is low, winds still active out of the west, gusting as high as 20 miles an hour. future tracker wind gusts tomorrow morning, we expect the winds to relax, less than 10 miles an hour. but then they will pick right back up tomorrow afternoon. but 5:00 or 6:00 in the evening we see the winds racing out of the north, anywhere as high as 22 miles an hour.
the wind direction will send smoke into the north bay, and inland tomorrow afternoon. winds right now, breezy in san francisco, gusting to 32 at this hour. anywhere else, about 10 to say 20 miles an hour. so that breeze will be with us through the evening hours. look at your wide range of temperatures right now. it is chilly in san francisco at 59 degrees. with that fog descending at this hour, much warmer inland, well into the 90s, 96 in brentwood. san jose 80 degrees. 81 in santa rosa. clear lake it's sizzling at 100 degrees. here's the call from accuweather, overnight, we showed you the fog around san francisco. it will move into the bay. i think the marine layer will be compressed as compared to previous nights, not nearly as foggy in a lot of spots tomorrow morning as this morning. temperatures mainly falling into the 50s overnight tonight. you need the light jacket early on tomorrow with that 12 hour day planner on wednesday shows increasing sunshine once again. the big takeaways, by 4:00, tracking the haze and smoke inland and in the north bay. it will be breezy along the
coast once again. highs midweek around here it's cool once again in san francisco with that breeze, 63 degrees. but you hop inland, and you're warm once again, 90 in antioch, 88 in concord, 83 the high in san jose. 96 the high in lakeport. so the accuweather seven-day forecast, showing you what to expect. tomorrow the breeze will pick up again. the coast will stay rather cool and good air quality. but away from the coast, tracking the haze and smoke. a dip in temperatures on thursday, a bumpup on friday, but the weekend is looking nice with temps dropping a bit and minor cooling inland. that's nice. >> that will be nice. wood v you know when you're at ross shopping for backpacks... ...and mom also gets a back-to-school bag? that's yes for less. ross has the brands you want for back to school. and it feels even better when you find them for less. at ross. yes for less.
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coming up tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, we continue to cover the destructive carr fire that's happening now in shasta county. and it has now made the record books in a way that's never been seen before in state history. also, legal cannabis is still in its infancy in california. and the rules continue to change. at 6:00 we'll take a look at what to expect for this budding industry. and former 49ers coach jim harbaugh tells his quarterbacks at the university of michigan not to eat chicken. the reason is pretty bizarre. all that plus much more coming up in a half hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. kristen, dan? >> ama, thanks, we'll see you then. finally tonight the crushing soft some of the most expensive
cars in the world. >> lamborghinis, por sches crushed to pieces as a part of a smuggling smackdown. the haul was worth more than $5 million u.s. dollars. the president of the philippines is known for his tough anti-crime policies, he ordered the destruction saying he was doing it to stop corruption. >> that's hard to watch. >> i know. does that pain you, dan? world news tonight is coming up next. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. see you again in half an hour. >> bye-bye.
tonight, we do have breaking news as we come on the air. the passenger jet crashing in mexico. the images coming in right now. word the pilots were trying to abort the takeoff. emergency teams on the scene. also developing tonight, the trial of paul manafort begins. president trump's former campaign chairman. prosecutors in court saying his fortune was built on lies. manafort's attorneys signaling the witness they're most concerned about. kyra phillips is standing by. we're also on the scene of the raging wildfires tonight, and there is new concern that two fires might now merge as one. and in the carr fire alone, more than 1,200 homes and buildings now destroyed. the stunning images now emerging tonight. the hostage situation, the woman held at knifepoint. police opening fire, killing the suspect and the hostage, t