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tonight, the state of emergency as we come on the air. the major new fire erupting in a well known part of los angeles. at least 10,000 homes and buildings in danger. several homes derod rey. the fire alo t 405, sh one d. flames coming close to the famed getty center. mount saint mary's forced to evacuate. lebron james among the famous names leaving their homes. and in the north tonight, nearly 200,000 now forced to flee. our teams on the front lines. also tonight, we have new reporting. inside the takedown of the world's most wanted terrorist. the raid on the leader of isis, al-baghdadi. the eight helicopters carrying u.s. special forces, opening fire on the wall because the front door had traps. and what al-baghdadi did as he ran into a one-way tunnel with
children, with no way to escape. and the president with this new image of the dog that helped u.s. forces take down the leader of isis. the impeachment inquiry. the breaking new headline involving the democrats. now the full vote set in the house. the vote on the impeachment. and the key witness who did not show up today. the former college student charged in her boyfriend's suicide. they went to boston college. prosecutors say there were 47,000 text messages from the girlfriend, they say, telling him to go die and go kill yourself. authorities say she was there when he jumped to his death. a missing teen authorities say is in, quote, "extreme danger."pilots now accused of p hidden camera in the bathroom. good evening. it's great to have you with us to start another week. a very
states of emergency in california in the north and south. more than 2 million without power. and in a well-known part of los angeles, homes burning to the ground. thousands threatened, and famous names forced to flee. the fire in the western hills of los angeles, many families forced to get out in the dark. fire burning alongside one of the nation's busiest highways, the 405. college students estcaping in te middle of the night. in the north, the kincade fire, doubling in size over the past 48 hours. 66,000 acres burned already, and reporteent at abo% fanle bng cald geeonal stana winting.
beusinhose e nter in brentwood. i'm just beneath the getty center, one of the most famous museums in the world. there are helicopters in the air. fire crews pretty much everywhere. burning some of the most expensive real estate in the country. you can see this fire behind me is completely consuming this home. in fact, this whole street is on fire. you can hear that crackling behind me. it is very intense here. the fire raced through the canyons here, filled with dry brush. you just said earlier that this is your worst fear coming true? >> no question. we're seeing this every single year, the fires get bigger. >> reporter: up to 25,000 people ordered to evacuate in the middle of the night, including celebrities like arnold schwarzenegger and lebron james and his family. today tweeting his best wishes to the first responders. students from nearby mount saint mary's university racing out too. >> this is too close to our school. >> you have several hundred teenage kids that have no way of getting out. >> reporter: some ferried to
safety in ambulances, reuniting with their parents. >> well, it was prty i anyou know2:ghte >> reporter: by daybreak, squadrons of firefighting aircraft out in full force. part of interstate 405 shut down. areas in our area, in the country, and to see nobody on this roadway is almost a shocking sight. >> reporter: in northern california, the kincade fire, now more than 65,000 acres. the fire destroying nearly 100 structures. >> let's get matt gutman. we've both covered the california wildfires. this unfortunately is the time of year in the north and the south. but i can't remember in the los angeles area the fires hitting this particular neighborhood in quite some time. >> reporter: no, it's been decades. t foundations.hot, cooking the
that brush hadn't burned in decades, creating a super charged fire. we're expecting the worst red flag winds ofheeang up i a couple of days. >> matt, thank you. and it's all about the forecast. we know where matt is, in los angeles, the winds are really supposed to pick up tuesday night into wednesday. let's get right to rob marciano also live in california tonight. he has the forecast for northern and southern california. rob? >> reporter: good evening, david. the smoke hanging in the air over the bay area as we get set to recharge the wind setup over the next 24 hours. high wind watches and extreme red flag warnings over much of the state. tomorrow morning, a critical fire danger setup, and later,
winds gusting, conditions expected to last through thursday. >> rob, while we have you, there's also another winter storm moving across the country. >> reporter: back in the rockies, the cold airin 6 sw in vigorating the winds.h the eek. david? >> thinking about everyone in california tonight. thank you, rob. now to the other major headline tonight. new reporting this evening on the daring u.s. raid in syria that took down isis head al-baghdadi. responsible for a ruthless campaign of torture and beheadings, including americans. tonight, new details.
and there's also news tonight, another key figure is dead. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, inside the final moments of the world's most wanted terrorist, abu bakr al-baghdadi's north syrian compound. reduced to rubble by bombs and hellfire missiles. and tonight, word of a separate operation, an air strike taking out the isis spokesman. the president today celebrating the death of the founder of the islamic state. >> he was a sick and depraved man. and now he's dead. >> reporter: 5:00 p.m. saturday iraq arrive at al-baghdadi's secret hideout in syria. taking on and returning fire.
once on the ground, the special operations forces blasting through a wall. the front door booby-trapped. inside, they discover their target, al-baghdadi, fleeing with three children into a tunnel. a military k9 and commandos in pursuit. >> he died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. he died like a dog. he died like a coward. >> reporter: al-baghdadi detonating a suicide vest. the call coming in to the situation room at 7:15 p.m. "100% confidence. jackpot. over." >> the thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear.orter: bed began, oaining lghdadi
d nigh we're learning that two men, associates of al-baghdadi, were captured. now in u.s. custody. among the victims of al-baghdadi's gruesome campaign of terror, four americans captured in syria. mes foley, steven tloff, peter kassig, and kayla heepeat. thoseennd thr lives onhe line, we owe nks washington tonight. i know your sources are telling you that this raid needed to be moved up because of the president's order to withdraw u.s. troops from syria? >> reporter: that's right. the raid had been in the works for weeks. but a senior u.s. official telling us tonight that because of the withdrawal of u.s.
troops, it had to be done now. and our kurdish partners were key players in the success of this operation. david? >> martha, thank you. and one more note tonight about that raid on al-baghdadi's compound, president trump tweeting an image late today. this picture of the hero dog, injured while chasing him down the tunnel. the pentagon says he's fully recovering and is already returning to duty. good news. and nancy pelosi setting a date for the full house to vote on this impeachment process, set for thursday. it does include a plan for public hearings now. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: in chicago today, president trump sounded off on the impeachment inquiry, comparing it to the case of jussie smollett, the actor who made unfounded allegations that
he was attacked by trump supporters. >> it's a scam. it's a real big scam just like the impeachment of your president is a scam. >> reporter: meanwhile on capitol hill, former acting national security adviser charles kupperman refused to testify today. >> dr. kupperman had testimony we believe would corroborate the allegations of misconduct. >> reporter: congress had subpoenaed kupperman but the white house ordered him not to testify. so kupperman asked a judge to decide between the, quote, "competing and irreconcilable demands of both the legislative and executive branches." it comes as speaker nancy pelosi today announced the house will vote thursday to affirm the impeachment inquiry and outline a plan for public hearings. republicans have been pushing for public hearings and a formal vote for weeks. >> jon karl with us live from the white house tonight. the former national security aide is now asking a judge to
decide whether or not he should testify. as he feels pressure from the white house not to, and pressure from congress to show up and testify. this could have far-reaching implications. >> reporter: it sure could. democrats are especially eager to talk to john bolton, and bolton is represented by the same lawyer as kupperman. they believe bolton is both a witness and a critic of the president's actions. this case could determine whether or not bolton testies c well boston college student charged with involuntary homicide in the death of her boyfriend. sending him 47,000 text messages. he did take his own life 90 minutes before his graduation. here's eva pilgrim.
>> reporter: the girlfriend of a former boston college student tonight charged with involuntary manslaughter after a grand jury found she encouraged alexander urtula to take his own life. >> ms. you made demands and threats with the understanding that she had complete and total control over mr. urtula, both mentally and emotionally. >> reporter: prosecutors say fellow student inyoung you was physically, verbally, and psychologically abusive, sending thousands of texts, some urging him to, quote, "go kill himself. to go die." >> in the 47,000 text messages, yes, there were many, many instances where she instructed him to do so. >> reporter: just 90 minutes before urtula's graduation from boston college in may, authorities say his girlfriend allegedly tracked him through his phone to a nearby parking garage and was there when he leapt to his death. the allegations echoing the case against michelle carter, the young woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter after sending hundreds of texts urging
her boyfriend to act on his suicidal thoughts. what complicates this case, david, is that the young woman is back home in south korea. prosecutors say they're cautiously optimistic she'll return. but if she doesn't, they say there are a number of ways to extradite her back. david? >> eva, thank you. and new fears for a missing 14-year-old girl from virginia. authorities saying she's in extreme danger with a direct appeal to the suspect. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: the desperate search for 14-year-old isabel hicks now a nationwide amber alert. >> she is in the company of an individual who has been reported by his family to have some suicidal ideations and he is in possession of a 9 millimeter handgun. >> reporter: police saying the eighth grader vanished from her bumpass, virginia, home a week ago with 34-year-old bruce lynch and could be in extreme danger. the fbi tonight urging lynch to do the right thing.
>> you know isabel should be home safe with her family. warm, rested, protected. i'm sure you want what is best for her. please return isabel to a safe location or contact us. >> reporter: authorities asking the public to look for clues like a missing rear passenger door handle on lynch's blue 2003 toyota matrix, and a camouflage tarp that might be covering the passenger window. dad,rieselve lynch is traveling with camping gear. and they've received tips from multiple states including one sighting of a vehicle matching the description. david? >> lindsay, davis. thank you. and now to the resignation of katie hill from congress. facing allegations she had a relationship with a member of her staff. hill releasing a video today. >> i'm hurt. i'm angry. the path that i saw so clearly for myself is no longer there.
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lifted. that's as more winds move into the area, prompting another power outage warning. >> this is the reality. we own it. we need to fix it. >> today governor newsom announces a new investigation into these power shutoffs. thank you for joining us. >> i'm dan ashley. >> the kincade fire has burned 66,000 ac 66,000 acres and is just 5% contained. >> cal fire is set to bring another update, and we will bring that live. some evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings in western sonoma county, that means you can return home at your own risk. >> here's a look at the area that's burned so far since the kincade fire started last wednesday night. at least 96 structures have been destroyed including 40 homes. >> the kincade fire has burned near where the tubs fire was, remember back in 2017, that catastrophic fire. that fire burned a smaller area, but destroyed more than 5,000 homes. >> we do have team coverage on the kincade fire.
abc 7 news reporter joins us live from the sonoma county fire grounds with evacuees. >> we'll begin with abc 7 reporter wayne freedman reporting live. >> reporter: you were talking a few moments ago about evacuees, this is the route some will take, highway 101 north. traffic is, however, picking up as western sonoma does reopen to evacuees. closer to the fire, however, much this is what passes for activity, from burn scape, n