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and new information about the wine county wildfires. it's been four days since they first broke out... 're not l now at noon, new evacuations and new information about the wine country wildfires. it's been four days since they first broke out. they are not letting up. good afternoon, i'm kenny choi. >> and i'm michelle griego.
21 fires are still burning across northern california. the biggest ones are devastating wine country and causing dangerous air quality throughout the bay area. >> and right now, at least 26 people confirmed dead. at least 463 more are reported missing. the fires have charred more than 156,000 acres and more than 3500 homes and businesses have already been destroyed. we have live team coverage from the fire zones and on the bad air throughout the bay area. first, jackie ward is live in napa county. jackie. >> reporter: michelle, for the first time in four days we heard a bit of good news, a bit of optimism, from napa county officials. still, fire crews have a long way to go when it comes to battling this. this is the atlas fire. this is the view of skyline park from chopper 5 that it had around 6:30 a.m. flames have spread down the hillside and into this canyon producing thick dark smoke. cal fire says the winds didn't materialize quite like they expected and that's a good thing. they are hoping the weather
continues to cooperate because right now, they are favorable. lieutenant governor gavin newsom is in napa county today and said now is the time to come together and put politics aside. >> in the collaboration and cooperation between the counties and the cities, it's been extraordinary from my perspective and i think the job of the state is to supplement that to make sure that we're being resourceful and that we're making sure all the gaps are filled. >> reporter: just a few minutes ago, helicopters were making air drops with water right into this canyon in napa valley. this is just southeast of skyline wilderness park. at last check, the atlas fire is still spreading across 43,000 acres and is 3% contained. but it's the tubbs fire that's threatening cities like calistoga and the mayor of calistoga had some strong words at a press conference today warning people to stay out of his city. >> this is a mandatory evacuation. your presence in calistoga is not welcome if you are not a
first responder. your choice to stay, there have been very few of them, is a distraction to our first responders. the calistogans around there, stay strong. thanks. >> reporter: right now, there is no fire activity in calistoga city limits but it's still facing serious conditions as the fire gets closer and calistoga continues to have a mandatory evacuation in effect. the tubbs fire is at 34,000 acres and is 10% contained. what cal fire is watching now is they are anticipating the fact that two big fires here in napa valley may merge at some point. the partrick fire and the nuns fire. >> can you tell us how the public can get the most up to date information from the county? >> reporter: napa county is really encouraging its people to go to their website, countyofnapa.org. they are also having a community meeting at 4 p.m.
that's taking place at 2425 jefferson street. that's the napa county auditorium. >> jackie ward in napa county, thank you. well, within the past 60 minutes, chopper 5 is getting a good look at the active parts of the fire in napa county. these pictures incredible. flames more than 50 feet high tearing across the hillsides. but in another spot we saw a home and a ridge still standing while the fire burned around it. so many fronts to these fires as it continues to take a look, the focus on protecting towns like calistoga and the east side of napa. >> the pocket fire is ripping through the community of geyserville in sonoma county. flames have rapidly spread cross the area since the fire started yesterday. >> kpix 5's anne makovec joins us in the town of geyserville and tells us that crews are closely monitoring the direction of the wind now. anne. >> reporter: the good news is that the winds have died down significantly. really over the past 12 hours. but you can see the pocket fire still burning here behind me.
it is doubled in size overnight. it's now 8300 acres. and they have been making water drops. you can see the smoke though rising over that ridge. firefighters continue to fight the pocket fire from the air and on the ground fueled by gusty winds. >> we are in the fight for the long hall. it will get worse before it gets better. >> reporter: this fire started as a spot fire at pocket ranch and ridge ranch, sparked monday morning. then it smoldered and grew until it became a real threat to the town of geyserville forcing evacuations of part of geyserville up to and include river rock casino. and more mandatory evacuations were called late last night east of the city of sonoma. the chp posted this video as they went door to door. that is as the nuns fire continues to grow which has already devastated entire neighborhoods in its past. all sonoma county areas that have been evacuated remain so
today. >> please stay out of the evacuated areas. the security in there is very important to us. resources are very important to us. we don't want people in those areas. they will not open for several days. >> reporter: then there are the missing persons still463 reports in sonoma county although some may be duplicates. 14 people have already been found dead, cadaver dogs searching targeted areas. identifying bodies is difficult. >> so far, in the recovery, we have found bodies that were almost completely intact. and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones. >> reporter: so you can see why it is so important to keep some of these burned-out areas secure at this point. so the sonoma county sheriff said they also arrested two looters overnight. that brings the total of people trying to perpetrate that crime to 5. back to you.
>> anne, thank you. all right. take a look at this video. flames burned a kmart in santa rosa. firefighters could only watch this burn. the state senator surveyed the damage in sonoma county yesterday. >> it's heartbreaking. it is crushing. this looks like another planet. >> even people who don't live anywhere near the fires can't escape the smoke and haze they are sending up. the entire bay area is dealing with bad air quality and today it's expected to be the worst so far. neda iranpour is in the weather center with more. >> we can smell that smoke and some people can actually see the ash falling even away from those fires. here's a look at our hi-def doppler. so these little spots of green that's actually ash that's coming down. let me zoom in and show you where we are seeing this. of course, right next to napa and yountville looks like it's coming down there on 80 as well between fairfield and vacaville. and that's over the past three hours. you can see it start to thicken up even more there right along the areas where the fires are
burning. here's a look at the conditions in those areas. winds right now in sonoma coming from the southwest at 8. healdsburg north wind at 7. gusts up to 25 miles an hour but not what we were fearing so the wind gusts seem to have happened outside of the fire zones. right now, the particulate matter in the air for sonoma is unhealthy. oakland is seeing particulate matter in the range of 150. san francisco around 160. so of course that's why we're seeing the smoke in the sky. this is a look from our vaca cam. it certainly doesn't feel good on a lot of people's lungs. here's a look at some of the peak gusts we experienced today. mount diablo in the 50s. oakland hills in the 30s. san francisco in the 30s, as well. but again, it missed those fire zones. we didn't get that strong wind event in those locations we were fearing. back to you guys.
>> thank you. it seems like there's no place in the bay area to escape the bad air that neda was talking about. kpix 5's len ramirez shows us what things look like in concord right now. len. >> reporter: kenny, for the fourth straight day, people here in the bay area awoke to smoky smelly air. take a look from our vantage point here in the hills above concord. this is martinez. you can see the dirty air above it, though, with clear skies, blue skies, but down here where we are, we're all getting that dirty air. now, late yesterday, the mount diablo unified school district decided to cancel school for tens of thousands of students in this area. 59 schools and daycare centers in the district were shut down because of the air quality. monday morning was the last day children were allowed to play outside and so they were on a rainy day schedule anyway but worsening conditions made the decision easier. >> two days air quality was pretty bad. and i think, you know, just
given the shift of the winds and the ash that we were experiencing, floating down around us, and again today, that it made more sense to have our kids at home. >> reporter: the air quality was made even a little worse in the santa clara valley this morning where visibility was less than 5 miles. a few schools in the area including valley christian high school were closed. many of the schools remained open. school district officials from throughout the area are monitoring this kind of on an hourly basis and deciding whether or not they will hold school or cancel school tomorrow. kenny. >> len, you mentioned tens of thousands of students staying home today. how is this affecting school funding? >> reporter: well, it is a big hit to schools that are canceling schools. i mean, because the district here has 59 schools, tens of thousands of students, it means it's going to be a big financial hit because of ada. some school districts are actually factoring that in when they decide whether or not they are going to be holding school
or canceling it. >> len ramirez for us with the very latest live in concord. len, thank you. and as len said, the unhealthy air as prompted several school districts in the bay area to cancel classes today. those districts include mount diablo unified, west contra costa unified, and antioch unified and several others. oakland unified says families concerned about students' health may keep them home today. for a complete list of school districts canceling tomorrow, just visit our website, cbssf.com. breathing masks and air purifiers have been in high demand at hardware stores. we found an employee in san francisco restocking the shelves. the manager of the store says they ran out of masks within a few hours after the smoke started building up in the city. >> for people with asthma, they want the n-95 because you can breathe easier for the mass. the others are fine if they don't have other breathing issues. >> the store says it is
limiting the number of masks people can buy to five. this sherwin-williams store in pleasant hill completely ran out of them that painters use. they posted this sign on the front door. store employees say that they hope to restock later today. ♪[ music ] still ahead, as doctors see an uptick in symptoms of bad air, we tell you when you should see medical help. you could save energy
county. napa county, of course, dealing with the atlas fire. cal fire just updated us just a short time ago. 43,000 acres burned. 3% contained at this hour. it is hazy at sfo today. you can't see much beyond the air traffic control tower here. airport officials saying that 81 flights arriving and departing have been canceled. and about 10% of the flights delayed about 30 to 45 minutes. operations at oakland international airport are normal. but two flights at sfo were redirected to oakland because of a problem at sfo. a blanket of smoke from the wine country wildfires is covering the bay area. >> the fires are causing unprecedented levels of air pollution. a "spare the air" alert is in effect and to help explain the effects, dr. robert blount of ucsf joins us now. thanks so much for speaking with us, doctor. >> thank you, michelle. thanks for having me. >> okay. so what are some of the current health concerns? >> doctor: the main health
concerns right now are for respiratory and heart effects from the air pollution from the very high levels of smoke we are experiencing. >> when should people go to the doctor? >> so the symptoms are predominantly -- so -- so people are going to have the most problems are those with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as patients with asthma or with copd, emphysema. breathing problems are the biggest concern. so wheezing, dry persistent cougher short, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, these are concerning symptoms. >> asthmatics would be affected greatly but people who don't center those kinds of pre- existing conditions can also affected by this bad air quality. >> doctor: that is correct. and there are larger susceptible groups, so children
in particular have an increased risk for the health effects of air pollution and also the elderly. so children are -- tend to be more active outside. they are taking in more of the air pollution than adults can every tend to take in. so there are particular susceptible populations. so -- >> yes -- >> i'm sorry, go ahead. >> so we're recommending specifically with air conditions such as we are seeing today in the bay area, the orange and red zones, that children stay inside as much as possible and not be exercising outside. so taking p.e. and recess indoors, canceling athletic events that are outside. >> and if your eyes are stinging and your throat starts burning, are those reasons to seek medical attention or just wait it out? >> reporter: those -- those not so much. and i think most of us here in the bay area are probably getting some of those symptoms
if we're outside. and those are not in themselves worrisome. the burning eyes and the itchy throat, specifically. >> okay. definitely the wheezing though. we really have to pay attention to? >> yes. >> dr. blount, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us about this. >> you're welcome. and neda is in the weather center monitoring these air quality conditions. >> mm-hm. yeah. it's pretty bad when you can ash on our hi-def doppler here. you can see it, of course, in those burn areas. so here we are right there where the atlas fire is burning. you can see atlas there on your screen. napa, soda springs. it looks like highway 121, highway 29, obviously these are the areas of major concern with fire danger. also areas where that ash is falling, and enough where you can see it there along highway 80. between fairfield and between lodi, cordelia, look at what it looks like now from our cliff house camera. certainly nasty conditions out there. nothing you want to be outside for. this is just really bad for your lungs, of course, as we
just heard from the professional. golden gate bridge also looking very hazy, not fog out there whatsoever. this is all just smoke in the sky. very unhealthy for the north bay, unhealthy range for everyone else. all across northern california, we are going to feel those impacts from these fires. i want to show you the conditions now for those fires. so it looks like right now in sonoma, cool conditions, 57 degrees there, southwest winds at 5. humidity is also not that dry. 51%. calistoga right now 61 degrees, north winds there at 8. humidity is down a little bit at 36%. mendocino county in the north, we can get an idea of what's going on in redwood valley where one of the major fires is burning. humidity is low at 33%. calm winds though. gusts in clearlake up to 6 and humidity there also low at 23. here's what we're watching. of course, the winds are really going to tell the story today. thankfully, they were not very strong in those fire areas. and they are not going to get stronger until possibly later on tonight 8:00, santa rosa may
start to see a little bit of an increase in those sustained winds along with san rafael. may start to see gusts up to 15 to 20 miles per hour. nowhere near what we were fearing which was wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour. that did not happen for the north bay hills. it more like happened in places like mount diablo but nowhere near the fires, thankfully. our temperatures today are below average. 64 high in san francisco. 72 san rafael. 73 high in napa today. we are stuck between a low and high and the winds are expected to get worse friday into early sunday morning in fact. we have a fire weather watch in effect more critical fire danger is in store. we are going to see cool conditions for the next couple of days and then temperatures are also going to warm up by the time we get to the weekend. >> stay with us. we'll be right back.
more than a hundred members of the california air national guard you're taking a live look out at sonoma county. you can see all that smoke in the area near geyserville where the pocket fire has really ripped through that community. crews are keeping a close eye on the conditions there especially the wind. 14 people are dead in sonoma county making the overall death count 26. more than 100 members of the
california air national guard flew from southern california to moffett field last night to help in the fire region. >> and they will be helping with logistics, communications and humanitarian efforts. >> particularly this group, they will be helping with setting up shelters and also helping with some of the other low law enforcement efforts in the area. >> the captain says that the national guard members were notified last night that they had to pack up and leave. and many of them had just gotten off their day jobs. >> we'll be right back. community... presented by target. food has the power to transform lives. with the help of target, the san francisco marin food bank addresses hunger head-on in the community. it's the food bank's goal to make sure that everyone has enough to eat. our food pantries are vibrant. people feel welcomed, and they're being respected. hunger really is not just a moral issue that people should care about. we view it as a health issue. my team is really passionate about making sure
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a quick look at the air quality. 173 the particulate matter in the air in napa. anything over 200 is unhealthy. look at that average, 20 to 25 is the average. so smoke continues in the air for the next several days. >> be careful. that's it for kpix 5 news at noon. ♪[ music ] we're the generation that had it all.
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