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streaming on cbsn bay area, more local news, dramatic video of fire crews battled to stop flames as they roar over a santa rosa neighborhood. getting word of major layoffs with american airlines, how the government could step in. some neighbors in san jose are alarmed about fires at homeless encampments, stunning new numbers. i am elizabeth cook. >> i am ken bastida, let's go to len ramirez, in san jose, the fire department says it is responding to an average of three homeless encampment fires every single day.>> reporter: that's right, every single day, the numbers are pretty shocking when you see them in black and white, but they reinforce what firefighters and neighbors haven't seen the past couple of years, a surge of homeless campfires, many are worried that the fires could spread to
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them. >> reporter: the smoke from an out-of-control homeless campfire billowing up under the to 80 overpass in downtown san jose, a neighbor cell phone camera was rolling when firefighters arrived second later.>> first, there was an explosion which got our attention, we looked out the window and we saw fire break out immediately.>> reporter: wednesday morning in a long- standing homeless camp under the freeway, the fire department says a couch was on fire and a single engine company put it out, no one was hurt and debris including a tent was cleared, but smoke stains show it is the second fire at the same location in a matter of months. worrying about other nearby campers close to dry brush and homes could start fires. >> if a fire like that took place there, not only is the hillside go to go up, houses will be in danger and our business could be in danger. >> it is a real threat, chopper
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5 found this fire, and another one days before, homeless campfires are more than a daily occurrence. >> about three a day actually. >> july 2018 to june 2019, responding to almost 92,000 calls, 8000 were homeless incidents of all sorts, including medicals, almost 1200 were just fires. >> cooking fires, furniture on fire, the entire encampment on fire.>> although the fire department says they're not stretching the department to thin. >> we are well-equipped and well trained to handle it.>> reporter: neighbors worry could lead to something bigger. >> someone has to come up with a creative solution to take care of the situation, it is endangering the entire neighborhood. >> reporter: the fire
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department says it does try to educate the homeless population on fire safety, but with the numbers that we have seen in san jose in terms of the homeless count, 6000 people living on the streets, a 40% increase over the past couple of years, it is a difficult message to get out to everybody, especially when many of them are using open flames to warm up their food. reporting live in san jose. kpix 5. now the fire burning in napa and sonoma counties, the glass fire has burned more than 48,000 acres, containment at 2%, flames are threatening the city of calistoga and the community of angwin. pg&e has cut power because of the fire threat. and we are learning about a narrow escape for a pair of firefighters, they were overrun by the flames and had to deploy the fire shelter tends, luckily they made it out. it happens sunday night in napa county.
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seeker dramatic video from san mateo county, fire crews in their fight to defend one santa rosa neighborhood from roaring flames, taken along mountain hawk drive early monday morning. it was six miles long, the wind started to pick up and rain embers all over the neighborhood, eight homes were lost to the flames, but fire crews managed to save more than two dozen others. that firefight turned out to be a close call for one menlo park division chief, at one point this parent should me collapse, only missing the firefighter by about 4 feet. the alameda county fire department posted the stunning video from the calistoga area, flames burning on all sides while driving into the burnsville, while an inferno rages on a hillside, and one of the most dramatic moments, a firefighter gets close to the flames, devouring this building, and they were rushing to save the animals.
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the fire burning through shasta county has claimed a fourth victim, it has burned 52,000 acres outside of reading, a fourth victim has died from his burned several days after being hospitalized. governor gavin newsom has petitioned president trump to free up resources for people impacted by the fires, senator dianne feinstein released the statement in response, wherever possible i will keep working to make sure the federal government provides all the help the california needs. looking live at sfo, the deadline day for the airline industry, getting support from a $25 billion bailout from the government, within the past hour, cnbc is reporting that american airlines is moving forward with 19,000 layoffs, but it will recall those employees if there is a new
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deal. the treasury secretary and house speaker began talks about a new pandemic rescue package. that could include help for airlines and other struggling businesses. palo alto unified is one of the first public school districts in the state to get the green light to get kids back into the classrooms. late last night, the school board approved a plan for phase reopening. elementary schools will start october 12 the middle and high school won't go back until january, the parents and teachers concerned about safety signed a letter urging the board not to prove the district plan, the district says it will let parents decide whether to continue distance learning or send kids back. kindergartners and 1st graders went back to class at the private town school, the higher grades will be phased in over the next couple of weeks. the school hopes to have all 400 students and 100 faculty members back to campus by mid-
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october. keeping tabs on your school district plans, across the bay area, head to the special session on our website,, top drug executives grilled on capitol hill, a new report that claims they raise the prices of life-saving medicines while boosting bonuses. the most intense test for the 737 max jet. an activist killed in a house fire
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this just in, a flex alert tomorrow from 3 pm-10 pm, cal iso is asking people to conserve energy's because of the strain on the grid. house democrats have delayed tonight's vote on their 2.2 trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus package. to allow more time for bipartisan negotiations, lawmakers want to reach a deal before the election. the hopes of a stimulus deal had stocks rebounding, the dow gained 329 points, nasdaq up 80 two points, and s&p 500 up 27 percentage points. former fbi director james comey
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got a grilling on capitol hill, republican lawmakers confronted him about his oversight of the 2016 trump russia investigation, james comey defended it and said it was done by the book and essential. he fielded this question from dianne feinstein. >> are you concerned that trump will embrace and use russian interference efforts to his advantage, as he did in 2016?>> i am a private citizen, yes, and he said that he would. >> the results of the russia probe showed that moscow sought to influence the 2016 election in favor of donald trump, and inspector general report was critical of the investigation. president trump's supreme court nominee was back for executive meetings with republican senators, among the 10 today, todd young, they bumped elbows instead of the
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traditional handshake, they are fellow hoosiers, barrett also met with south carolina senator tim scott. the president pushing for a vaccine by the election, but one top company in the race says not so fast, the reality check. a reminder that kpix 5 has a new app, giving you easy access 24 the unfair money bail system. he, accused of rape. while he, accused of stealing $5.
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president trump is pushing for a coronavirus vaccine before election day, but the head of moderna says not so fast. the ceo of the biotech firm says he does not expect to apply for e -- emergency use authorization for the vaccine with the fda, in fact he doesn't expect to have full approval to safely distributed to all americans until next spring. moderna is a front runner in the race for a covert vaccine next to pfizer. the nation's top drug makers were on the hot seat, grilled over the soaring cost of medication. pharmaceutical executives defended pricing policies over the prices at the house oversight committee after a year and a half investigation, finding some companies raise their findings -- their prices to fund bonuses. >> 1 and 4 report difficulty in
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the forwarding medicines. >> i am aware of that. >> instead of reforms in a productive and bipartisan manner, these hearings seem designed to vilify and publicly shame pharmaceutical company executives. >> the cdc says americans spend more on prescription drugs than any other country in the world, more than $300 billion per year. the seagram's liquor eris has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in the notorious nexium colts, giving tens of moons of dollars to the cold, which operated a program of intense self-improvement classes so- called, the former leader was convicted last year of turning women in his group into sex slaves, branded with his initials. the most important test yet for the boeing 737 max jet, the head of the faa fluid
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for 40 minutes over washington state, he said he liked what he saw, there still some work to do, the 737 max has been grounded for more than one year. after 2 fatal crashes that killed 346 people combined. today's test flight is not part of the official recertification for the max, but it is a visible key step towards getting that jet back in the service. country music fans are remembering mac davis, he passed away after complications from heart surgery.>> [ singing ] baby don't get hooked on me. >> the 76-year-old was known for baby, don't get hooked on me, he crafted songs for legends like elvis, dolly parton, before launching his own career.>> [ singing ] the music road also mourning
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the loss of helen reddy, she shot to stardom in the 1970s with her at them i am woman. the singer and actress was 78 years old. switching gears to weather, paul, a lot of us on high alert for weather conditions that are probably not going to be helpful to firefighters. >> three different things to be concerned about, poor air quality, record heat for much of the bay area, and the dangerous fire conditions around the glass fire, still only 2% contained, continuing through the end of the work week on friday, the hottest day will be tomorrow, near record high temperatures once again, still going to be toasty on friday, but we will step back a little bit, the red flag warning is in effect tomorrow and friday because of gusty winds and low humidity, let's start there, coming to the other two topics, here the situation that we expect to evolve on thursday. temperatures are going to range
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between 95-105. the humidity is going to drop substantially, down to 15-25%, i showed you earlier in the first half-hour, they are indicating humidities lower than 10%. out of the northwest when, 25 miles per hour, not that strong compared to where it was when i got going, but a different direction, it could push the fire into areas that have not been burned yet and give it fresh and dry fool fuel. the fire is still producing smoke, and the wind a couple of miles up directs the smoke and work goes, bring the smoke down into the east bay but also across the rest of the bay area. winding the clock forward, a couple of spots along the way, first half the weekend. air quality if anything will take a step back tomorrow, not
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only do we have the smoke from the glass fire, but the wind shift to the east, and it will take some of the smoke from the creek fire in the sierra and send that towards us as well, higher up in the atmosphere. smoky skies likely on thursday again, and friday, conditions will improve a little bit on friday, the onshore wind will kick back in but a slow process. by friday evening and friday night, a little bit of relief along the coast in the bay, and by the time saturday rolls around, the wind is down when, but improving conditions for the rest of the bay area. but not now, there is the smoke and haze over san jose, 87, 10 degrees hotter tomorrow. 101 in livermore, 107 in fairfield, that is hot enough already, the city made it to 77, and downtown the temperature is a couple degrees cooler. 99 in livermore, 95 concorde,
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temperatures drop into the 60s by early tomorrow morning, above normal for 1 october. a higher jumping off point, and we will heat off heat up faster. low to mid 90s around the south bay. mid to upper 90s, 100 in santa clara, record-tying degrees in san jose, low 100s, and for the tri-valley and east of the diablo range, 106, it is not supposed to be this hot, 90 in the city, below 90s and the sidecut upper 90s and low 100s for the north bay and a similar story for northern sonoma and napa counties, concerned about the fire weather conditions, the combination of hot weather, gusty winds and the lower humidity. temperatures drop a little bit on friday but a lot more into the weekend. the air quality should improve except downwind of the fire, temperatures closer to reasonable as we head through the first half of next week. coming up at 6:00, we will look at this evening specific
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air-quality values. and its is the clock, restaurants welcoming customers back inside, but some owners say the good news comes with a downside. families forced out by the glass fire in santa rosa getting their first chance to return home. a fremont activist dies in a this election, all californians will be able to vote safely from home. every active, registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot with a unique barcode. you can track it using where's my ballot? and you'll receive automatic notifications by text, email or voice call to let you know the status of your ballot once you mail it, drop it off at your polling place or at a drop box. vote by mail ballots. simple, safe, secure. counted.
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every week at this time we share an inspiring story of a bay area award winner. >> right now some exciting news, sharon? >> a handful of local winners are selected for consideration for a prestigious national award, this year a los gatos man is a winner. >> reporter: doug mcneil won a national jefferson award, in a virtual ceremony hosted by the
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nonprofit, multiplying good. his daughter, jessica eastland, accepted on behalf of her father, who has als, also known as lou gehrig's disease. >> this is a huge honor for him, and an honor for her entire family. >> reporter: doug cofounded lighting for literacy in 2012, helping to invent a renewable light source using a battery, solar panel, charge control circuit and l.e.d. strip, thousands of middle school students assembled the kids to send overseas, giving light to more than 20,000 children so that they can study after the sun goes down. >> this is also a huge light in the dark for a family, we also hope that the lights that go into those communities also provide light in the dark. >> reporter: he requires round the dart -- clock care, uses eye movements to create words and plays the sentences three >> >> i hope to help other ones to
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help youth, and change the lives of others less fortunate around the world.>> reporter: helping to build the hubble space telescope, he still runs the lighting for literacy board meetings. >> he worked many years there. >> reporter: he says doug remains just as committed to the nonprofit as when he cofounded it with his late friend, jesse salem, eight years ago. >> he may not be able to move or speak, in his heart brings a passion to serve and mentor, to see a generation affect change in their generation. some say i'm done and out of your, but life is short, doug mcneil is getting the most out of life. he is doing good. >> reporter: winning a national jefferson award for his inspiring service through lighting for literacy, we honor doug mcneil. doug and his family raised money to find a cure for als and a gofundme page for his in-
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home care that he needs in order to continue work on the nonprofit, it is not funded by medicare nor insurance, we have a link to the gofundme page on the jefferson awards page, >> that story is so inspiring. >> absolutely. you can nominate your local hero for a jefferson award online at now at 6:00, thousands forced to flee the flames of the north bay, tonight summer getting a chance to return home. within the past hour, the air has gotten noticeably worse around the bay area, tracking the changing conditions. our top story right now, streaming on cbsn bay area, indoor dining returns and 2 bay area counties, but how safe is it really? good evening, i am elizabeth cook. >> i am ken bastida. that's good andrea, live in
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seven cisco with the reopening milestone and the questions about whether it is safe to eat inside. andrea?>> reporter: live in san francisco. here in the city and county of san francisco, allowing people indoors to have meals, not just take out, not just on the sidewalk, but moving inside. inside north beaches restaurant, something that hasn't been seen in months, diners enjoying meals and doors. >> we are excited to start a 25% at least, because that will increase the revenue we hope. which will allow us to sustain this through the pandemic a little longer and hopefully get through it all, and get back to normal. i hope 25 goes to 50 and 50 goes to 100. >> reporter: the owner here has no plans to open inside, sticking with the sidewalk and


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