tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC October 30, 2019 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
tonight, on "world news tonight" from california, the extreme red flag warning. the urgent effort here in simi valley to protect the reagan presidential library. tonight, we are right there as the flames erupt on the hills leading up to the reagan library. the urgent efforts on the ground and in the air to keep the flames back. thousands of homes in danger. families told to get out. seniors evacuated. horses on the side of the road. hurricane-force santa ana winds not seen in years. the first time ever, what's called an extreme red flag warning. more than 70 miles per hour. super tankers struggling to hit their targets. in other news tonight, a deadly plane crash right into a neighborhood. the horrific damage on the ground. the takedown of al baghdadi. what the pentagon has just revealed. the phone call between
president trump and the president of ukraine. tonight, new questions -- who edited the transcript, after the national security officer who listened in testified he alerted authorities about key parts that were missing. why were they not added back in? the images now of el chapo's son, the shootout in the streets. they thought they had him, then his own escape. tonight, a new lawsuit alleging 1 million contaminated vaping pods were shipped out. late today, what juul is now saying. and this evening, the stormy halloween forecast for much of the east coast. why some communities are now moving halloween. we'll track the storm tonight. and good evening tonight from southern california. and we are here tonight because the national weather service has issued a warning it has never done before. what are called extreme red flag warnings tonight and right into tomorrow. and we saw it first-hand, the
hurricane-force wind gusts here fueling the flames. and the new fire tonight coming within 30 yards of the reagan presidential library. it was before dawn, that fire broke out in simi valley, about 40 miles to the north of where we are tonight. the so-called easy fire tripling in size in just two hours. the flames racing toward the reagan library, coming dangerously close. we were there as they worked feverishly to protect the perimeter of the library. part of the fire line seen through the window, air force one inside. and then, another fire, east of here. mandatory evacuations tonight, including seniors. the air difficult to breathe. and just moments ago, take a look at this image. the easy fire jumping the 23 highway. firefighters coming dangerously close to the flames. it has been an extraordinary day here. the fires in the north, the kincade fire, 77,000 acres. the getty fire here in los angeles, you can see how quickly it ripped through so many homes in these neighborhoods. and what we witnessed on the hills today leading to the reagan library.
tonight, the historic santa ana winds. the national weather service issuing its first ever extreme red flag warning. winds not seen here in more than a decade. and we were there as firefighters work to keep the flames from shooting up the hills in simi valley. coming within 30 yards of the reagan presidential library. this newest fire, called the easy fire, erupting early this morning north of los angeles. this fire has been moving very quickly. it broke out in the middle of the night here in simi valley. they're trying to protect about 6,500 homes now in danger. at least 1,300 acres are already burning. and of course, part of the overall effort, the effort to protect the reagan presidential library. the statue of ronald reagan on a horse right out front. a fire truck and thick smoke just behind it. this is where the former president and first lady are now buried. fires racing up the hills surrounding the library. helicopters dropping water.
and inside the library, air force one. smoke and fire seen through those windows. one of the workers there, melissa giller, telling abc news tonight there were as many as a dozen people sheltering inside when the fire broke out. she describes what those firefighters are working so hard to save. >> we have an actual air force one airplane on display that served seven u.s. presidents. every speech ronald reagan ever gave, every handwritten note, every memo, every photograph ever taken of him. there's so many priceless items within our walls. i couldn't even name them all. >> we witnessed the air assault all day today. helicopters and airplanes dropping water and fire retardant, dousing the flames. you can see the urgent effort in the hills here because of these santa ana winds. they are flying overhead. we have wind gusts up to 60, 70 miles per hour already, and you can see them dropping retardant as they try to save thousands of homes now in danger here. families trying to evacuate.
their animals, the horses, are being rescued one-by-one. some of the owners here saying this is the first time they have ever had to do this. some of the horses blindfolded to keep them calm. >> i know there are still horses. a lot of owners haven't been able to get out yet. >> as you can see, they're trying to cut down as much as they can to keep the flames from coming any further up the hill. and now, the assault from up here, as they douse everything they can to stop these fires. in neighboring jurupa valley, the intense sound of the fire raging out of control. today, patients and seniors being evacuated outside this senior living home, wearing face masks to shield them from all of the smoke in the air. g you.>>ngans woerheel tt to s. some still in their beds. all of these fires forcing evacuations and sending communities scrambling tonight.
parts shut down when a truck is blown over. and in los angeles, the getty fire. station 9 battling the flames for days now. their first shift, 26 hours straight. they have not been home since sunday. this was a part of los angeles that hasn't seen fires in quite a few years? >> right. i don't think this area's seen fires since i believe it was 1961 with the bel air fire. but i mean, something that the residents here, it's a new reality. >> and tonight, the firefighters here are aware of the historic nature of these santa ana winds. >> we haven't seen something like this since 2007. so, again, just to give you an idea how unusual this santa ana is, it's been about 12, 13 years since we've seen such a strong wind event here in southern california. >> when you guys hear about that critical red flag warning that hasn't been issued since 2007, ? >> says to me, the winds are going to be wind-driven and going to be pushing farther and faster than what we've seen. >> tonight, this team telling me they are ready to keep going, knowing the path of these fires
are impossible to fully predict. >> we try to save them all. we just -- we can't always be in the right place at the right time and we do the best with what we got. >> which explains why you can have a home standing here and the one behind it gone. >> absolutely. some of it's timing and some of it's what we can't acourt for, when the fire generates its own weather. >> i know you could wish you could save them all. >> all of them. >> we do. if we could. >> we've met so many dedicated firefighters across this state, and as i mentioned, with winds truly historic, wind gusts like this not been seen in more than a decade here, at one point, blowing over that big rig. and for those aircraft trying to target the fires, the super tankers up above, in 50, 60-mile-an-hour winds, it's not been easy. abc's matt gutman and his team had to take cover today at one point. take a look at what they witnessed, the force of these winds here. >> reporter: tonight, the strongest santa ana wind event in years. we watched as the easy fire roared out of control. there's nothing they can do with that wind. this is a firestorm. we're going to the other side of the car.
take shelter. you can see the embers cast right there. with winds gusting over 70 miles an hour, it makes targeting the fires from the air extremely challenging. right now, we're about to get dropped on. you can hear that plane coming through. look out! the winds are powerful enough to knock over big rigs. and can carry embers that can start new fires miles away. and you can see how fast this wind is moving, just picking the smoke up and whisking it right off the ground here. on the front lines in simi valley -- the heat is intense, the wind is enormous. and it's fueling that inferno. it moved so fast, we had to take cover behind the fire truck. oh, my god, you can see that wind. these santa ana wind events form when strong high pressure over the rockies pushes cold air westward. when it moves through the mountains and canyons in southern california, it
compresses and heats up, super charging the wind speeds. >> so, let's get to matt gutman, who is also live with us here in california. he is in moore park tonight. and matt, we can see that pink fire retardant off in the distance, all over the road there. obviously not a good sign tonight, that fire now headed toward a neighborhood? >> reporter: that's right, david. all this happened just a few minutes ago. multiple planes dropping this wet, sticky stuff, both to protect firefighters, us, and to try to stop the forward progress of that fire. but we watched as that fire just leapt over that wall across 50 yards, igniting on the other side. there's concern that homes there may also be on fire. david? >> all right, matt gutman, i know you'll be watching this all night long and straight through "gma." our thanks to you. meteorologist rob marciano also here in the fire zone tonight, he's in santa clarita, california, and rob, i know there's still at least another day of these hurricane-force winds. >> reporter: yeah, we're about halfway through this big wind event. and as matt pointed out, what makes it so unusual is the super
cold air that's over the central part of the country. it was near 0 today in denver, and that's accelerating the winds in this direction. and they are cold winds. but we still have red flag warnings posted for northern california. the smoke is still filling the central valleys and we still have these high wind warnings up through tomorrow afternoon across so cal. extreme fire conditions for a huge area tonight from ventura all the way down to the mexican border. tomorrow morning, we focus more towards riverside and san diego, but still, 60, 80-pl 80-plus-mile-per-hour wind gusts, single digit humidity. these are explosive conditions and something we will likely see go away, finally, we'll see this pattern break down next week. david? >> all right, rob marciano with us here in california tonight, as well. rob, thank you. and to the other news this wednesday night now, and a deadly plane crash right into a neighborhood outside atlanta. just after takeoff, the plane plummeting. pieces of the plane scattered among the homes tonight. at least two dead. and abc's steve osunsami is on the scene. >> reporter: authorities in this suburban atlanta neighborhood are searching through lawns tonight and picking up the
pieces of a single-engine plane that crashed into a townhome shortly after takeoff. >> you could hear a boom, oh yeah, you could feel it. >> reporter: the plane was headed to north carolina fro t of the city, but crashed here this morning, about a mile from the runway. >> we're looking for an aircraft. >> reporter: it hit so hard, most of it is jammed into the crawl space of this building. two people onboard are confirmed dead. the unit with the plane now inside it was empty, and they don't believe anyone on the ground was hurt. just yesterday, a pilot was killed in new jersey when his twin-engine plane crashed into a home and set it on fire. no one on the ground was hurt here, either. >> reporter: federal authorities are investigating both incidents. we don't know what caused either crash, but the weather here certainly hasn't been great. it's been raining all day. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. we do have remarkable images coming in tonight of that daring u.s. raid that took down isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi in
syria. the video released just a short time ago from the pentagon and shows the remote compound where he was holed up. and the bomb blast as the compound was leveled by those u.s. special forces. here's abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the pentagon releasing these images of the moment u.s. special forces fly in on the hideout of isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi. hostile fighters shooting at them. the american assault team returning fire. in a second dramatic video, the delta force commandos move on the compound. later, a massive blast, as u.s. bombs level his compound after he was killed. kurdish fighters recruited the informant who identified the location of the hideout, providing critical information, including its layout. now, a senior state department official saying that individual may receive part of the $25 million u.s. bounty placed on the isis leader. but tonight, a fresh warning. >> there's no question that the
losses over the weekend were significant to isis. at the same time, it's a deep bench. >> reporter: the acting director also saying there were at least 14,000 isis fighters here in iraq and across the border in syria, and he expects them to announce a new leader in the coming days. david? >> all right, ian pannell in iraq again tonight. thank you, ian. and next, to capitol hill tonight, where all eyes will be on the house tomorrow. the full house is set to take its first impeachment vote tomorrow. and it comes amid new questions tonight about who handled the transcript of that call between president trump and the president of ukraine. after the national security officer testified yesterday that he listened in on that call and alerted authorities to key parts of the call that were not included in the transcript that was made public. and there is word tonight former national security adviser john bolton has now been formally asked to testify, but will he comply? mary bruce on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, the president's former national security adviser, john bolton, is being summoned to testify in
the impeachment inquiry. multiple witnesses have testified bolton was deeply frustrated by the campaign to pressure ukraine to investigate trump's political rivals. according to a top aide, bolton once described the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, as a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up." today, deputy secretary of state john sullivan said giuliani was behind a smear campaign targeting the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch. >> you were aware that there were individuals and forces outside of the state department seeking to smear ambassador yovanovitch, is that correct? >> i was. >> and seeking to remove her. is that correct? >> i was. >> did you know mr. giuliani was one of those people? >> i believed he was, yes. >> reporter: it comes as there are new questions about the phone call at the center of this impeachment inquiry, between president trump and ukrainian president zelensky. trump insists the white house released a complete transcript. >> word for word, comma for comma, done by people that do it for a living.
we had an exact transcript. >> reporter: but lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, who was on that call, reportedly told lawmakers that crucial phrases were left out. according to "the new york times," vindman testified the document released by the white house did not include comments from the president that there were recordings of former vice president joe biden discussing corruption. "the times" reports that vindman said the ukrainian president also made an explicit mention of the energy company where biden's son hunter served on the board. that's not in the transcript, either. vindman, who works on the national security council, says he tried to add these details to the official document, but according to "the times," his edits were not included and it's not clear why. >> mary bruce live on the hill tonight. and mary, former national security adviser, john bolton, as i mentioned there, has now been summoned to testify next week. and of course, the big question tonight, will he show up? what are you learning? >> reporter: well, david, the president will likely try to block bolton from appearing, but we have just learned that bolton's legal team says that
bolton is not willing to appear voluntarily, but his attorney tells us, david, that he is ready to accept a subpoena. david? >> all right, mary bruce tonight. mary, thank you. and now to the deadly gunfight between mexican police and a narco militia protecting el chapo's son, who is wanted in the u.s. authorities say police had detained el chapo's son when cartel operatives then ambushed them, turning the streets into a war zone there. the police forced to retreat. at least eight people were killed. the mexican government tonight now defending that decision to call off the raid, saying they did so to save lives. back here at home and to your health tonight and a new lawsuit against juul alleging 1 million contaminated vaping pods were shipped out. former executive siddarth breja is suing the e-cigarette giant tonight, claiming the company knowingly shipped out mint-flavored nicotine pods that were contaminated, and that he was let go as retaliation for
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kevin hart taking us inside his grueling recovery. >> one of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the thing that you needed most. >> reporter: posting his journey on instagram, from the hospital through rehabilitation, and sharing his new lease on life. >> god basically told me to sit down, you're moving too fast, you're doing too much. sometimes you can't see the things that you're meant to see. >> reporter: hart suffered severe injuries, fracturing his spine in three places, when his vintage car careened off the road. his friend, who was behind the wheel, injured, as well. tonight, hart is thanking his friends, family and fans for their support. >> don't take today for granted, because tomorrow is not promised. >> reporter: david, the california highway patrol determined the cause of the accident was reckless driving. david, they also said nobody in the car was wearing their seat belt. >> kayna, thank you. when we come back here tonight, the deadly mass shooting at a halloween party. the search for suspects tonight. and the severe storm threat in the east. many communities moving halloween.
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leave to head out on multiple days now? this is, what, day four? >> i think that they handle it very well and i'd like to thank each and every one of them and i think my counterparts here would also say the same thing. >> for understanding the job. >> yeah. >> i think they unrstand that the families around here know that we're important to them. >> they say it's part of the job, but they go days without seeing their family or facetiming their children. >> i think my family finds solace in the fact that i work with great people. just tell them you're not going to be able to facetime the kids at night. that's it. >> we're going to be trying to keep each other safe the whole time. >> and you're coming home. >> exactly. >> thank you, guys. >> thank you, sir. >> appreciate what you do. we cannot wait until they go home, but another difficult night ahead with these historic winds, and we'll stay on it. i'm david muir. good night. welcome home windsor and
healdsburg. thousands of people who evacuated over the weekend got the green light today to return this afternoon as winds calm and firefighters gain ground on the kincade fire in sonoma county. >> and more good news, the lights are coming back on. pg&e's power shutoffs could be the last for a while. >> good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. after uncertainty about the shutoffs, the future looks a little bit calmer. >> great to hear. this map shows the current status of the evacuation zones in the north bay. just hours ago healdsburg and windsor were downgraded from mandatory evacuation orders to evacuation warning, which mean people can go home. >> in windsor they arrived to a sign saying welcome home, windsor residents. city workers greeted residents back, a community that has been spared by the kincade fire. >> sky 7 found pockets of heavy
traffic along 101 as people headed north looking forward to spending the night finally in their own beds. >> the kincade fire has burned nearly 77,000 acres and is 30% contained. it's destroyed 206 structures, half homes. more than 90,000 structures are still threatened and firefighters warn the high fire danger won't be going away any time soon. >> they detained a man after putting out a 3-acre fire in geyserville this morning. that man, andrew faulkner, is now in the sonoma county jail. faulkner will make his first court appearance on friday. firefighters repeated again the dangers of our ohio fihigh fire. >> until we have significant rain throughout the state, we'll continue to have this type of activity when we have wind events. >> full containment on the kincade fire is expected next thursday, so a week from tomorrow. >> aon