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>> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. three fires raging in southern california right now show no signs of slowing down. they've already destroyed homes and a psychiatric hospital. and tonight flames are burning dangerously close to more houses. motorists and even magic mountain as well. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm dion lim in for ama daetz. tonight 27,000 people have been forced from their homes. >> yeah. gusts are pushing the three destructive fires into new areas across ventura and los angeles counties. >> so far they've burned 66,000 acres combined, and the thomas fire is the largest one at 50,000 acres. right now it's at 0% containment. >> at least 150 structures have burned so far. that number only expected to rise. abc news reporter dania bacchus
has more. >> reporter: firefighters will continue to work throughout the night as the fires here that have already left behind so much destruction don't show any sign of letting up. fires are raging in california. the thomas fire in ventura county northwest of los angeles expanding to over 70 square miles in a matter of hours. >> they're attacking it the best they can. that's all they can do because this wind is moving in every direction. >> these fenced-in horses rescued just in the knick of time. >> it's craziness. i just don't know where to go. i don't know where to take them, where it's safe. >> some homeowners lost everything. >> it's just devastating. this was going to be my dying in house. the only thing is the house died before i did. >> reporter: this 60-unit apartment complex destroyed. the vista hospital razed to the ground, all patients and staff making it out in time.
>> don't know what they're going to do without it because i know a lot of people who got help from this place. >> reporter: the thomas fire is just one of many infernos scorching southern california. the creek fire at the northern edge of los angeles forcing more evacuations. >> i cannot emphasize the need to evacuate. if not for yourself but for the safety of our first responders. >> reporter: and in santa clarita the rye fire jumping interstate 5, forcing it to shut down. firefighters say they have not been able to examine the scope of the damage done here. an uphill battle because of the santa ana winds that are expected to last throughout the week. danya bacchus, abc news, ventura, california. just as we exterminationed here in the north bay wildfires, this is an all hands on deck situation. firefighters from across the bay area have been called down to southern california to help battle the massive wind-driven fires. after the devastation in the north bay, of course, it's a
terrible kind of deja vu. c 7 news reporter katie ma marzullo is in san jose. >> certainly we have our work cut out for us. >> reporter: captain bill murphy of the santa clara county fire department talked with us via face-time from the front lines of the thomas fire in ventura county. it was only two months ago he was in a similar firefight in santa rosa. >> probably the biggest difference would be that the temperature's not quite as high as it was in the north bay fires but the wind, the relative humidities are very similar to what happened in the north bay. >> reporter: those are two dangerous similarities. >> basically critical for extreme fire behavior. >> reporter: craig clements teaches meteorology at san jose state university and is the director of the school's fire weather research lab. he said santa ana winds are normal in december but the lack of rain makes for a dangerous combination. >> when you have a very high wind and you have dry fuels, if you have an ignition and a fire starts the wind is going to be dominating that fire spread. >> reporter: firefighters from across the bay area including san francisco have responded to
the call for mutual aid. >> we had a warning the last few days. we're ready to go. >> reporter: the marin county fire department tweeted this picture of a huge plume of smoke near magic mountain. >> this could be a multiday event. so we should expect the worse. >> reporter: in san jose katie marzullo, abc 7 news. as southern california faces heat and flames, those winds that katie just mentioned in her story may pose a challenge to firefighters. here's meteorologist sandhya patel. >> those winds in southern california have eased up a bit. still gusting in parts, but those santa ana winds will pick up again as we head toward the next couple of days, which is why red flag warnings rupp. for us here in the bay area the winds have dropped off. that's allowing temperatures to drop. it's at freezing right now. 32 degrees in fairfield. as we take a look compared to 24 hours ago, down 21 degrees in fairfield. down 10 degrees in san jose compared to 24 hours ago. so the carquinez strait in delta
under a frost advisory as we head into tonight into early tomorrow morning. widespread frost is protected. protect your plants, pets, and pipes. and for the north bay valleys 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. we are looking at a freeze warning. 22 to 30 degrees. that means may kill vegetation. i'll let you know exactly how cold it's going to get in your neighborhood and what's ahead as we inch toward the weekend. dan? >> sandhya, thanks very much. with temperatures plunging, many people in the north bay are getting ready to face the cold. some, though, were caught off guard a bit. abc 7 news reporter lisa amin gulezian is live in san rafael with the story. lisa? >> reporter: dan, right now in downtown san rafael it's 43 degrees, but in other parts of marin and sonoma counties it's 41 degrees at this hour. very cold. which means people should really be ready for this cold weather. to say it's chilly tonight would be an understatement. the layers are on, the hot coffee is in hand, and people
just seem to be moving faster to keep warm. ruben de leon works as a parking val yi. he wasn't prepared for this cold night. >> yeah. my hands are freezing and it's really hard to give the money. >> reporter: at marin on ice in san rafael plans are already under way to keep the ice from cracking in the cold overnight. for the first time in five years the owner will actually raise the temperature of the ice chiller. >> if the ice gets too cold it turns brittle and it can tear itself apart. so we just want to make sure that the ice stays malleable so it doesn't break. >> my guess is it will be gone within a week. >> there's been a run on insulation to keep pipes from bursting. >> it gets cold in the colder weather. your pipes -- your plumbing is in danger. this is your best protection for it. >> reporter: a lot of restocking is happening here. when it's cold, even the rodents want to come inside. that's why rat traps are selling fast and so are plant
protectors. >> i'm watering my citrus and i'm fertilizing very lightly my citrus and i'm covering it. >> because this season's first frost could do some serious damage. in marin county lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. the man acquitted of killing kate steinle now faces federal charges after a grand jury indicted him today. jose inez garcia zarate was found not guilty on murder and manslaughter charges last week. the new federal charges include being a felon in possession of a firearm and having a gun while being in the u.s. illegally. garcia zarate is an undocumented immigrant. he's back in local court next week for sentencing on a gun possession conviction in the steinle case. you are looking at what happens when a van rammed into a house in santa clara. the santa clara fire department also tweeted that no one was hurt in tonight's crash. that's very good news. it happened along andrea place near warburton avenue in santa clara. abc 7 news was in san
francisco where an uprooted tree blocked part of davis street near broadway. a witness tells abc 7 the truck hit, it pulling it up from its roots. that tree has since been removed. the family of a toll collector killed on the job is inviting the public to her memorial service. si si han died after a speeding box truck plowed into her toll booth at the bay bridge moments after she started her shift on saturday morning. han's memorial is at 10:00 a.m. on friday at duggar's serra mortuary in daly city. a go fund me page has been set up for the family. we have a link at abc7news.com. new at 11:00 tonight, student activists celebrated the resignation of a san jose state professor who was accused of sexually harassing his students. abc 7 news was at san jose state when sash, or students against sexual harassment, hosted a victory party. the group had launched a petition drive against dr. louis aptikar. sash leaders plan to remain
watchful. >> because we're not naive to think that that's the only professor on campus that is doing sexual harassment to students. >> the outrage againstantikar erupted after he was allowed to resume teaching psychology following a 2015 sexual harassment case. silicon valley investor shervin pishavar has taken a leave of absence from his venture capital firm after reports of sexual harassment. a report says he groped an uber employee at a company party in 2014 and harassed other women. he's taken leave from several company boards including virgin hyperloop, one which he co-founded. san francisco will soon become the first u.s. city to let the law of supply and demand determine how much change you'll put in those parking meters. the sfmta board today approved demand-driven pricing for 28,000 street meters and those in city parking lots. prices will be adjusted every three months, and the rate could go as high as $8 an hour.
a lot more to come. oakland mayor libby schaaf rallies supporters at a fund-raiser tonight. >> but she wasn't the only one to rally. the message she got from those outside the doors. plus alarm in the middle east tonight caused by president trump's controversial plan in israel. and a homeless man who gave up his last dollar is sharing some pretty great news about his big new reward tonight. all that's ahead. but first, there's a guest ost sitting in for jimmy kimmel tonight. "black-ish" star tracee ellis ross with what's coming up after abc 7 news at 11:00. tracey? >> thanks, dan and dion. i'm tracee ellis ross sitting in for jimmy kimmel. and here's how that went. >> if she doesn't consent, the answer is
we want to update tonight's top story. major wildfires keep growing across southern california. the biggest one, the thomas fire, jumped across u.s. highway 101 in ventura county this evening. >> so far it's burned 85 square miles since breaking out yesterday. 150,000 people have evacuated from the paths of several fires all across southern california. back up here, oakland city employees vow to be back on the picket line wednesday for day two of a strike over pay and labor practices. about 3,000 workers were off the job today. and tonight they picketed outside a fund-raising event for
oakland mayor libby schaaf. abc 7 news reporter cornell barnard has the story. >> hey hey, ho ho, libby schaaf has got to go. >> reporter: striking oakland city workers staged a picket line outside the law firm where mayor qulib schalibby schaaf waa fund-raiser for her re-election campaign. >> you're up there with your developer cronies taking money when we wanted to be bargaining with you today to prevent this strike. >> don't cross our picket line! >> reporter: most of the fund-raisers' guests crossed the picket line to support mayor schaaf. >> i think the mayor is bargaining in good faith. >> reporter: about 3,000 oakland workers went on strike tuesday over pay and labor practices after bargaining talks for a new contract broke down. earlier mayor schaaf called the strike unlawful. >> both sides have agreed that we have not reached impasse. i really wish we were at the bargaining table today rather than dealing with the impacts of this strike. >> a strike which shut down most
non-emergency city services like rec centers and libraries. the union has been without a contract since june. while the city is offering a 4% wage increase this year, what happens after that is uncertain. >> the cost of living goes up. we're just asking for our fair share. >> we cannot spend money we don't have. >> reporter: the union says we'll be back on the picket line wednesday morning and they will stay there until the city returns to the bargaining table. in oakland, cornell barnard, abc 7 news. president trump plans to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel and move the american embassy there from tel aviv. arab leaders are worried now both moves could upend nearly seven decades of american foreign policy and destroy efforts to broker peace between israel and the palestinians. u.s. officials are warning americans in the middle east tonight to avoid places where crowds may gather ahead of the president's planned formal speech from the white house tomorrow. we mentioned a few moments ago that jimmy kimmel is not hosting his show tonight, and there's a good reason for that. jimmy's son underwent his second
heart surgery yesterday. it was a success, you'll be glad to know. in may, remember, jimmy revealed his son was born with a heart issue requiring emergency surgery. he talked about it on the air, was very emotional at the time. well, guests will be filling in during jimmy's absence. russia is banned from the 2018 winter games. the olympic committee cited widespread doping and cheating among russian athletes. they can still compete, however, but will have to wear neutral uniforms, and it won't affect the record books. here's a great follow-up story. the homeless man who gave away his last $20 to a woman who ran out of gas in philadelphia is homeless no more. johnny used the $400,000 donated by strangers to buy a home. he says his next purchase will be a truck to help him look for work. ♪ hey, look at them go. these tap-dancing trees, pretty fantastic there. but they were just the opening
act at san francisco's civic center plaza tonight. the city unveiled a 50-foot tree that will be lit through the holidays. >> that's stunning. crisp night for that too. felt like the holidays. >> certainly. hopefully people bundled up. this cold weather continues, sandhya. >> 'tis the season to feel the chill. it is december after all. let me show you those temperatures right now. san moderated by the effects of the water. oakland downto 42. san jose 47. gilroy you're a chilly 36 degrees right now. as we take a look at some of the other numbers. napa, santa rosa, upper 30s, livermore 43 degrees. take a look at this live picture from our emeryville camera. it is so crystal clear that you can see clearly across the bay. eastern span of the bay bridge, san francisco visible tonight. now, take a look at those winds. remember last night the wind kept the atmosphere stirred up so the temperatures didn't fall as much, but most of you are calm to light winds, and that's why numbers are going to plunge.
tomorrow morning 29 in napa, 21 degrees in fairfield. definitely cold enough that it's going to be icy in spots on your lawns, obviously on some of the windshields. so do be prepared for some frost out there. 36 in antioch, 34 concord, down to 42 in san jose, 36 in oakland, 47 san francisco. 30 degrees in santa rosa. freezing cold in the morning. we're looking at widespread frost. protect those plants, pets, and pipes, especially when we're looking at those freezing conditions. from our abc 7 news exploratorium camera looking at the ferry building there and that flag is not blowing around in the wind. i do want to show you an incredible view of the moon rising from our abc 7 news exploratorium camera. it was so clear that we were able to see the craters on the moon. so unbelievable. we encourage you to send us your weather pictures, #abc7now. live doppler 7, clear skies in the bay area, no rain in sight over the next seven days. tomorrow afternoon you're looking at sunshine and
rebounding testified compared to the morning hours. low to mid 60s for your wednesday. i do want to turn your attention quickly to southern california where the smoke from the devastating wildfires stretching for miles from ventura county as you'll notice on the satellite picture from this afternoon. air quality is being impacted. red flag warnings are up until friday night 8:00 p.m. extreme fire danger will continue. take a look at the wind gusts. at midnight you're looking at still some 34 to 36-mile-an-hour wind gusts. just south of ventura there. thomas fire, rye fire, creek fire, those areas will be impacted by those strong winds. and that will obviously not be a good thing for the crews. it can spread those embers quickly. 7:00 a.m. wednesday morning we're still look at strong winds close to 50 miles an hour in many of those areas tomorrow night. so they're not out of danger yet, unfortunately. accuweather seven-day forecast, here's a look at what it's going to be like tomorrow morning. freezing cold. low to mid 60s.
chilly in the morning with some frost. temperatures thursday will come up into the mid to upper 60s and then minor changes as we see some high clouds and a slight dip in the numbers on friday, only to come back up again. we're talking close to 70 degrees inland saturday and sunday. that's unusually warm for this time of year. we'll be still in a dry pattern monday and tuesday. in terms of our rainfall percent of normal we're way behind. 53 to 84% of average. you can download the accuweather app, especially with these temperatures plunging, and keep track of them hour by hour, minute by minute.
director steven spielberg and former oakland raiders quarterback jim plunkett received a spirit of california medal. >> a public exhibit opening tomorrow will highlight their lives and their accomplishments. congratulations. >> very special. all right. all eyes on steph curry tonight. >> that's right. larry is here with that. >> i would pencil in steph curry as a future california hall of famer. >> for sure. >> steph got an mri on his injured ankle during the day. and then tonight in a boot with a cane. so when
late in the fourth quarter of last night's win in new orleans. and yes, that is the same ankle he's had two surgeries on previously. so today it's swollen but no major damage and the warriors say steph is going to be reevaluated in two weeks. he's expected to miss around six games. it's possible he might be able to come back for the christmas day showdown with lebron and the cavs. this evening steph was courtside at his alma mater, davidson college, located just outside of charlotte where the warriors play tomorrow night. had a cane and was wearing a walking boot and that figures to be the new normal for a while. david shaw was named the pac-12 coach of the year. his star player bryce love has been named the conference offensive player of the year. bryce will be in new york on saturday, one of the three finalists for the heisman trophy. oklahoma quarterback baker mayfield is almost certainly going to win the award. what a season. ran for almost 2,000 yards and basically he's been on one leg half the year because of a bothersome ankle injury. >> i'm honored. you know, i'm thankful for just the opportunity to attend to it.
i'm happy, and obviously i'm excited for it, and i'm thankful for the teammates that helped me get there, the coaches and everybody involved. >> excited about this opportunity for him. and it's not just about winning the award. it's about the recognition across the nation of what he accomplished this year. hey, the harlem globetrotters say today is national trick shot day. it's also international ninja day but i left my costume home. in honor of this they went to the city museum in st. louis where a bus hangs over the edge of the building. that's the way it's built into that. zeus mcclerkin knocked it down from 130 feet. nothing but the bottom of the pavement. abc 7 sports brough to you by river rock casino. we produced our own trick shot video in the sports department. you can see it on twitter and instagram and check it out right after the news.