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but the fight is far from over. tonight: we're there as some evacuees return home for the first time. good evening, i'm allen martin. ken bastida has the night off. i'm elizabeth cook. the trouble spot tonight: the nuns fire.. which is burning behind a famous winery.. in napa county. kpix 5's joe vazquez begins our coverage in oakville tonight. joe?
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-- honoring the 38-year-old man for his service. gay of oakville says her community is filled with her
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break, nervously watching the fire. >> you feel comfortable, i wake up and i see flames again. >> all day, cal fire has been attacking the flames by air. officials have doug containment lines along the western edge and when the fire occasionally makes a run down the hills and jumps the containment line, helicopters moving with another water drop. this is an area dotted by some of the most famous wineries in the world including the robert mondavi winery. the flames do not appear to be endangering these wineries at this point. hellfire believes it is making progress as officials say the plan is to let the flames continue to march for the foul -- toward the valley. >> if it's too steep or the vegetation is too dense to put people in there, we will slow
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the fire with aircraft. >> reporter: despite today's flareups, cal fire insists they have got this fire) they wanted. lives, they believe they have stopped the forward progress. >> that is good news. overall, cal fire is making big progress. most of the wildfires are at least at 50% containment. cal fire predicts the tubbs fire, the nuns fire and oakmont fire will be fully contained by friday. more people are being allowed to return to their homes in sonoma county. evacuations have been lifted for parts of the city of sonoma and santa rosa as well as kenwood, boise hot springs and glen ellen. some evacuees try to go home tonight only to find out the neighborhood is still closed off. kpix 5 emily turner is in glen ellen tonight. >> reporter: there was some confusion about exactly what parts of sonoma county to get back to in the glen ellen area. they said you could go as far as the fire line, which most people thought we could get to the burned-out area but the fire line is actually much
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further back. so there are a lot of homes people couldn't get to and people who were frustrated by that. they waited in line for hours to go home for just a few minutes. one car at a time, parties of three. chp briefly escorted people past roadblocks and onto their own streets. >> we went to each different area to that person's house. they had 5 minutes. that's all they got. i grabbed things i've been thinking about for the last 5 days. >> reporter: carmen salazar lives in dunellen, hit hard by the tubbs fire. today was the first time she got to see how bad it looks. >> said. we are okay, but that doesn't make me feel any better. >> this is the powder river. >> reporter: henry beaumont's home is also okay but his ranch and guest cottage are not. >> you can see how close this came back up in here. >> reporter: he came back into get a change of clothes and what
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he was coming back to. >> living out of a paper bag you know. staying with friends and things. >> reporter: of frustration shared by many. there is no telling when they will be able to go home. pg&e was in and out of the area all day fixing power lines and putting in new utility poles. but for the homesick, being patient is hard. but they realize it's much better than a total loss. >> some places are burned to the ground, cars, homes, anything that was outside. so, i'm hoping that as a community, we can pull together and hope those -- help those that weren't so fortunate. >> reporter: for the folks who are watching tonight waiting and hoping to get back to their homes as quickly as possible, we understand and we have the most empathy for you but it's important to remember wiping patient is so important. the office of emergency
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management says it has to do with getting back into your home and making sure power lines are not going to fall down and power poles are not going to fall down and the structure is sound so not only do you make it through the fire but you can be safe when you go home. emily turner, kpix 5 in sonoma county. >> pg&e says it should have all the power back on tonight for people in neighborhoods that were not damaged. 14,500 customers in sonoma county and 2800 in napa. they haven't had electricity for more than a week. pg&e stock continues to slide. it was down another 7% today. investors fear that if pg&e is to blame for these fires, it would have to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars. the sheriff's department has identified 14 of the 22 fire victims in sonoma county. and santa rosa, leroy and donna halbirt tried to escape a cat trapped in their garage. they were married for 50 years.
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lane powell was a cancer survivor. at least 88 people in sonoma county are still unaccounted for. kpix 5 kit dale on the search for those missing. >> reporter: the work is as grim as it is treacherous. combing through ashes, looking for signs of loved ones. the flames often leave behind only the tiniest clues that are easy to miss. >> small pieces of bone, vertebra, maybe a 3 inch piece of a long bond but very little is being left behind due to the heat. >> reporter: the snohomish county -- sonoma county search and rescue team is looking for a woman in the 60s -- in her 60s after scouring hospitals and shelters. their investigation has led them to the hopper lane apartments where they think she may have died in her apartment. the crew is digging through the debris particular sleep. >> we are starting in bedrooms, bathrooms, entryways, vehicles
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that may still be in the garage. >> reporter: the neighbor says he got her out so relatively speaking it's good news. the woman may still be alive somewhere. if you got evacuated, the sheriff says don't keep quiet. >> please make yourself known and visible. if you are on our missing persons list, we can cross you off and be able to move to the next case. >> how are you still alive? >> i had a guardian angel. >> reporter: wayne sims stayed behind and helped cal fire crews save his home and half a dozen of his neighbor's as he has watched the search for the missing from his front yard. >> i feel bad for everybody's losses. i was absolutely lucky for what i have still standing here. but i couldn't have done it without cal fire because those guys are the real heroes. >> reporter: the race is on to get through that list of people
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before the forecasted rains come at the end of the week and make conditions more white and even more miserable than they already are. in santa rosa, kit dale, kpix 5. let's turn to kpix 5 pit -- chief meteorologist paul. >> a chance of rain by the end of the week but a wind direction change first will be welcome news to firefighters and anyone dealing with respiratory issues. air-quality tonight is better. it is moderate everywhere but right in the fire zone. sonoma county, napa county, everyone else moderate. it's not perfect but better. more west to east tomorrow. the smoke will primarily stay in the north bay or be pushed inland toward the central valley keeping the air-quality at moderate from san francisco, oakland and vallejo all the way to san jose. let's talk more about the specifics. it's not going to be a ton of
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rain but the latest version, the latest update says we should see widespread, light rain. about 72 hours from now about 9:00, 10:00 thursday evening. we will talk about those results in a few minutes. those who live in the fire ravaged neighborhoods are defending their property from looters. betty yu shows us. >> reporter: one of the hardest hit areas is santa rosa's coffey park. look at the damage behind me from sky drone 5. the damage just goes on and on and on. now, homes are still standing. the national guard is there looking out for residents. and then there are signs like this. disaster tours -- disaster tourists not welcome. we are armed. some neighbors are taking security into their own hands. petaluma police arrested this woman after someone reported fraudulent bank charges. police found property belonging
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to fire victims and in addition to looting, price gouging is a big concern. the da wants to put a stop to it. she says the state of emergency announced last week prohibiting the raising of prices of goods and services by more than 10%. violators could face a $10,000 fine and a year in jail. betty yu, kpix 5. coming up, after losing his home in the fire, is santa rosa man paper. the creative way he is choosing to tell his story. a key piece of technology since evacuation alerts to cell phones so why didn't some authorities use it when the fires broke out?
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the north bay.. are just beginning the process. as sharon chin shows us: a santa rosa man bought some pens and highlighters.. to share his family's harrowing story. "on monday, my house how would you handle the trauma of losing your home? many people in the north bay are just beginning that process. a santa rosa man bought some pens and highlighters to share his family's harrowing story. >> reporter: on monday, my house disappeared. with those words, brianna opens his 18 page comic strip. his personal journey starts with a middle of the night evacuation. >> always see is this big, orange glow in the eastern sky. this is my wife and i. >> reporter: the graphic novelist and his wife karen are staying with their daughters. the couple packed photos, papers and pens in the 15 minutes they had to escape
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their santa rosa home and later, brian snuck back to their neighborhood. >> the only things i saw standing where the steel frames of garage doors and a few chimneys here and there. fireplaces and chimneys. >> reporter: he captured these scenes on the way home or only a refrigerator was standing. he phoned karen, a human services director, who was helping others evacuate. >> i got to our house and called my wife and said i'm here and it's gone. and she's all right, be careful. come back. she was just working. she has since said she thinks the work she had to do kept her mind focused on other things. >> reporter: and what helps him process the loss, putting it all on paper. >> it's cathartic and i think it gives me a sort of control over something i don't have control over. >> reporter: he says the story has gotten 200,000 online views. >> people say i captured their experience, that i got something they themselves couldn't put into words.
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that's golden for a writer. >> reporter: will he keep the comic story going? maybe, as he draws lessons in rebuilding. sharon chin, kpix 5. >> we posted a link to brian's comic story on our website, just click on links and numbers. a surprise press conference today. president donald trump talked about his administration's response to the wine country fires. >> we have fema, military, first responders. it's a tragic situation but we're working very closely with the representatives from california and we are doing a good job. >> the president also called the devastation and loss of life a "sad thing to watch" and says he has spoken with the governor. former president bill clinton said "our thoughts are with our friends in california who have
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lost so much in the devastating fires." there is a new place for fire victims to go for help. the assistance center opened just for napa. fema and other federal agencies are there to answer questions. everything from unemployment benefits to insurance issues. people can also get copies of documents like birth certificates and marriage licenses, which may have been lost in the fires. >> one of the things we want to do is make sure people have access to these resources in a time where they needed so desperately and that is really kind of the role of the local assistance center. >> food banks and red cross is there as well as mental health counseling. a lot of you have been asking, why didn't santa rosa county or sonoma county send a warning to everyone about the fires? susie steimle got the answers. >> i think that a lot of lives could have been saved if they were given the information. >> reporter: stuart mitchell is one of hundreds of thousands of people living in northern california who did not receive an emergency alert that
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wildfires were fast approaching last week. he even tried to sign up for an excellent so colors but found the process confusing. >> it's a public health issue. it should be easier. >> reporter: federal approval was received in august to use the fema emergency alert system. it functions similar to an amber alert when your cell phone connects to a danger zone, you receive an alert to evacuate. lake county used the system but mendocino did not and sonoma did not. sonoma county sheriff rob giordano says sending out emergency alerts to the entire city of santa rosa would have incited panic. >> this is heavily populated and had we had people come from all directions, i am concerned we would have had more deaths. >> reporter: 40 people died in the wildfires so far, 22 in sonoma county, six in napa, eight in mendocino, and four in yuba county. lake county, the only one to issue emergency alerts had zero
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deaths. >> reporter: if there is ever a time for panic isn't it during a wildfire? >> but panic is what gets people killed on the roads. >> i think it needs improvement. i hate to point fingers. >> reporter: 290,000 people have signed up for the nixel alerts but there are more than 600,000 people not getting those alerts. in santa rosa, susie steimle, kpix 5. wineries are trying to get up and running as the fires burn. owners say most of the grapes were harvested before the fires broke out but they are concerned about the grapes that are still on the vine for red wine making in particular the skin on the grapes apply the right color which might have been damaged by the smoke and ash in the year. >> there is compounds in the smoke that can manifest in the wine.
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so we are doing a lot to mitigate that. >> the vineyards were scorched or fried on the edges. so we lost about 1 acre we think about 12 acres here. >> wineries wanting to harvest those grapes as fast as they can. some plan to get started before dawn tomorrow. the weather is starting to work in favor of the fire fight. it will begin tomorrow with the return of the onshore flow after an 82 degrees day in san francisco. 11 pm and it's still 71 degrees. 12 degrees warmer in san francisco them livermore. 58 degrees in livermore, 60 degrees concord, 53 degrees santa rosa, one of the cooler spots tonight. as that onshore flow returns to san francisco you will quickly dropped to the upper 50s. mountain view tonight 55 degrees. the air quality tomorrow, not good, not great but moderate.
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moderate air-quality outside of the burns on, unhealthy for some groups, including kids and also the elderly and anybody with asthma, close to the fire zone there is still smoke. a big weather change. there is a huge stream coming from the pacific northwest stretching all the way back to japan. 6000 miles worth of storms. we call that the atmospheric river. it's not coming here but it will induce a wind direction change for us. a little bit of cloud cover. for those of you watching half moon bay, you are going to struggle to make it to the 60 degrees tomorrow. some cloud cover moving through the afternoon. filtered sunshine. higher humidity. lower temperatures. better for the fire fight. let's fast-forward to thursday where we are expecting rainfall. this computer forecast model, not terribly optimistic for rainfall totals, only three 107 inch in napa and a little more in santa rosa -- 3/100 of an inch in napa and a little more in santa rosa.
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1/10 to 1/4 of an inch of rainfall which will absolutely help elsewhere and arguably be a good thing because too much rain could cause flash flooding. we do not expect that. concord tomorrow, 48 degrees. much cooler for you. campbell 77 degrees, moderate air-quality in the santa clara valley. dental 75 degrees, and san francisco from 82 degrees down to 67 degrees so 15 degrees cooler. santa rosa 80 degrees, cloverdale 84 degrees. sonoma 84 degrees. no rain tomorrow, no rain wednesday. thursday evening, we expect some light rain to stop through. friday, pretty chilly. highs only in the 60s as we rebound back to the 70s and 80s over the weekend. not a deluge. it's not going to put this out but the weather factors were so stacked against the firefight last week. at least now it's the right direction. it's a good change. good news. >> we look forward to that. thank you. still to come, the warriors
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wine country. 50 babies were born last week, during the fires. this is baby rayley.. she was set to be delivered at sutter hospital.. but w with the death and destruction from the fires, there are few bright spots. >> a few new faces. 50 babies were born during the fires. railey wasn't ready to be born but contractions started during evacuation. >> it will always be a reminder of what was going on and what the community was going through at the same time. so i am sure we will remember the fires for the rest of our lives because of that. >> the family says they were
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fortunate that our family -- their home is not touched. the golden state warriors has decided to forgo its elaborate pyrotechnics show at tomorrow night's opener in light of the loss of life and property. the team just said it didn't seem appropriate so they will honor the championship team in a pregame ceremony raising the championship banner and of course handing out those championship rings. >> we got a taste of the championship trophy today. that was pretty cool. >> the warriors coach comes in and crashes my forecast. how often does that happen? and you will never guess what he brought with him. why not bowman? >> dr. stanley: remember this:
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cannot change the laws of god. when he has visited you in some form of adversity and he brings you through that, that's like he has increased the strength of the foundation of your life and your faith in him. [music]
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surgery and is out, possibly the entire season.. former 49er linebacker novarro bowman signed a one year deal with the raiders worth rted $3 million. .. defensive lineman derek armstead suffered a broken hand yesterday. he is scheduled to have surgery and is out indefinitely like possibly the entire season. and navarro bowman signed a one-year deal with the raiders with a reported -- worth a reported $3 million. the raiders could use some leadership. you could play thursday against the chiefs. he is excited to play for a team that can score. >> it's a refresher for me. a new picture, a new scenery. the guys are a special group of guys. you can see the talent they
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have on the offensive side of the ball so i am excited to go out and play for an offense i know is easy to score points with. i look forward to it. >> interesting. cc sabathia turned out to be the stopper for the yankees. top of the fourth, yuli gurriel going to the right. watch aaron judge who would later hit a home run. makes the catch, crashes into the wall, cc sabathia loves him. six shutout innings. the yankees win 8-1. my special guest on the 6:00 newscast. what's the hardest thing about trying to repeat? >> having the team that we had last year, which was obviously a good team. we had a lot of success. had a nice playoff run. you can get a little complacent at times if things come to easy, but with the guys we have they are self-motivated individuals, so hopefully that won't come into play because everybody is gunning for us.


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