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fire tore through this exactly many homes havbled up at least a half dozen homes, forcing people and animals to evacuate. >> the wind speeds were, i've heard, upwards 65 to 70 miles per hour. so as you can imagine, the fire was really just outpacing the firefight. >> by daylight, things had settled down a bit, but plenty of damage had been done as propane tanks finished burning and the melted material on utility lines dripped down. the fire has now moved into the hills where air tankers and helicopters have been attacking it from the sky. animal rescuers are scrambl other animals.us scared. they don't know what to do. >> it's tragic. it's absolutely tragic. >> reporter: this family was awakened byin the telling them evua closed. they hope firefighters get a gi
the all-clear soon. >> we'll just py it by ear, one hour at a time. >> reporter: and we are back here live. you are looking at a burned car. we've seen several cars and at least six houses that have burned. you can hear the helicopters overhead. we just saw an air tanker pass by here, a helicopter actually. we are told that the air fight will continue as long as the winds don't get too strong so this fight is still well, well under way. i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> we are going to check on those winds with jeff ranieri in a moment. this is nbc bay area's sky ranger. the kincade fire, sonoma county. we were just in this position two years ago. flames still burning. 10,000 acres, plus or minus a bit. 2,000 people evacuated.
here's a better look, you can see it from earlier today when it was a little clearer outside. 500 firefighters are on the scene, 8 air tanker, and again we're hearing perhaps as many as six homes at this point but still unconfirmed. we are waiting for another update from cal fire that will happen at 5:30. as soon as we get more information, we will bring it to you. we want to show you video the moment the fire ignited from a camera used to monitor wildfires. you can see the fire exploding in size. this time lapse shows how big the fire grew in just about 40 minutes. the speed of this fire one of the reasons it's important to follow evacuation orders. here's another look at the map of the evacuation order which includes the entire town of geyserville and an area just east of town. we continue our live team coverage with melissa colorado. melissa, where are they going? >> reporter: we are waiting for cal fire to give us an update on the very latest when it comes to
the kincade fire. the evacuees are in the nearby town of healdsburg. i want to show you that impressive backdrop. you have that high fire danger sign and the billowing smoke coming from the valley. in the meantime it's an all hands on deck situation in neighboring healdsburg where the community is coming together to help feed and house families as well as farm workers who need a place to stay. >> loaded up the pups and headed out to here. >> reporter: it feels like deja vu all over again for bill booten of geyserville, who remembers well what happened to his house the last time he had to evacuate because of a wildfire. >> our house totally burned down in the pocket fire 2017. >> reporter: this time it's the kincade fire threatening geyserville, triggering evacuation orders for at least 2,000 people. some of them ended up here at the healdsburg community center, which transformed overnight into an evacuation center.
>> no better place than here to drop it off. >> reporter: buses of seasonal farm workers with nowhere to go were dropped off here, where they will likely spending the night until they can return to the vineyards. >> we were slated to pick some fruit this morning on one of the mountain ranches that's at risk. >> there's going to be some homes lost. >> reporter: state senator mike mcguire says it's too soon to tell how many homes are reduced to ashes. he says fema has already shored up the money to help pay for the emergency response costs. >> the state of california has thrown everything we've had at it. >> reporter: and it's a race against the clock for fire crews. the state senator says he's really worried about the strong winds forecasted for this weekend, so he's hoping the fire crews are able to suppress this fire down before those wind conditions, those strong wind conditions, we're starting to see those yet again for later this weekend. that's the very latest here from geyserville, i'm melissa colorado, nbc bay area news.
>> when flames get close that means evacuations for everyone. no one is immune. one of our crews came very close to the fire. watch. >> keep going straight, keep going straight. stay to the left more. go, go, go. you're good. >> that looks scary. that is our own bob railwedell his photographer executing their own evacuation. this is while they were reporting for our morning show. before dawn he was wth narratin they were setting backfires to protect a rural home. >> reporter: it creates a buffer. right now it appears to be working. if you look to the right they're doing the exact same thing here, starting new back burns so they can protect this house. watch your back, watch your back. you can see it's a hectic situation out there, quite dangerous. bob interrupted a little live report there to pull a photographer out of the path of that oncoming sheriff's car. later you saw them escaping with
flames on either side of their car. >> that's why it's so important to evacuate. a lot of emergency crews on scene and they need to get to the fire lines. firefighters are attacking this fire with everything they have, both from the air and on the ground. sky ranger caught several water and fire retardant drops this afternoon. now, the good news, weather conditions have improved. chief meteorologist jeff ranieri is tracking the conditions. jeff, what are you seeing? >> right now the latest observations show only wind gusts of 15 to 20 miles per hour. but as we have all been talking about, this really a worst-case scenario for this area. at 9:00 last night as we have been mention, fires started near the geysers. winds were topping 60 miles per hour. that's why this fire raced right down the hills. as we know, it is all too close to geyserville right now with the evacuations. evacuation warnings in place for healdsburg. it's hot for the firefighters. 91. humidity down to 10%. that's why they cannot get containment even though the wind
has decreased. tomorrow 93 degrees. what about the wind? let's take a look along the fire lines. i don't see any big problems with the wind tomorrow or saturday. it's wind gusts of 10 to 20. it's this new wind event by sunday where the mountains could gust again up to 60 miles per hour. i want to show you that and you can see by 11:30 at night on saturday, a wind event builds into northern california. it moves over and this will be an all-day event where even the lower elevations of the south bay will get in on these gusty winds. i'll go through a very important hour-by-hour forecast in about ten minutes and take a look at the air quality which is going to get a lot worse for the bay area. so we're in the middle of these power outages but now there are indications tonight from pg&e that a broken piece of equipment on one of its transmission towers may have sparked this fire. keep in mind that pg&e had cut power to much of sonoma county in an attempt to avoid this very problem. but our investigative reporter
found that the utility didn't cut the power at this particular spot and they didn't do it until after the fire started. >> the vegetation fire reported as in the geysers is going to be on john kincade road. >> reporter: that's a dispatcher sounding the alarm, telling cruise about the kincade fire near cloverdale at 9:25 last night. he warns all responders to be on the lookout for potential danger. >> also, possible power lines down in the area. all units acknowledge life safety hazard. >> reporter: pg&e had turned off power to much of sonoma county already, to avoid one of its lines sparking a wildfire. but its own records show it didn't turn off power at that location until 9:48 at night. that's 23 minutes after the fire was first reported. and seven hours after pg&e ordered power turned off to surrounding areas. pg&e says that it kept
transmission power on whole shutting power down on lower voltage systems. but last spring pg&e crews found a number of problems on the high-power transmission lines that crisscross that area. pg&e reported most of those problems have already been fixed. but tonight we're learning that pg&e has filed a report with state regulators telling that there was indeed a problem with a cable. it's known as a jumper and it connects the cable to the to your itself and the lines. apparently it had broken and it was only discovered when cal fire arrived and pg&e's own crews saw just simple yellow tape barring their entry. that's where they discovered that this problem was likely in their own equipment and it's unclear why they might have missed this problem when it was inspected just this last spring. >> much more questions to come, i'm sure. thank you. well, where do we standing with the shutoffs now? thousands of people are still in the dark but they are one step closer to getting some of the
power back. right now pg&e workers are out inspecting power lines in all counties they tell us. napa and sonoma county lost power yesterday around 2:00 in the afternoon. two hours ago sonoma county got the all clear to begin inspecting the lines. p pg&e says the 27,000 customers in the dark there may not have power until tomorrow. in napa county crews are inspecting lines. they started before 2:00 p.m. today. more than 7,000 customers are still in the dark. in san mateo county, crews are checking lines as we speak. this is a map of what areas were hit. the power turned off at 1:00 a.m. this morning. pg&e now telling us it hopes to have the lights back on everywhere, everywhere in all those counties, by 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. it's not just the kincade fire burning right now, there are other fires. highway 1 in marin county has been closed because of this fire called the muir fire. the good news, forward progress has stopped.
at last check 58 acres have burned. it's 20% contained. no evacuation orders but highway 1 remains closed between panoramic highway and muirwood road. in santa rosa there was evacuation of spring lake park. crews have con tanltained it. firefighters remain there to monitor any hot spots. in richmond a fire broke out in an area near point isabel that has been contained. >> of course we'll continue to monitor the situation in sonoma county. again, live pictures from sky ranger of what is now being called the kincade fire, a stubborn one it is. >> more on those fire conditions and a brand new wind event that looks to be stronger. i'll have that hour-by-hour forecast. you've got to see this coming up in about six minutes. we're also following a few other headlines, including the search for two dogs that attacked a yorkie in the south bay. announcer: 5 million kids use e-cigarettes. it's an
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significantly. >> let's show you exactly where the fire is burning. this is north of santa rosa. this is the area of geyserville. an evacuation has been ordered for that yellow part of the map that you see. what does that consist of? well, the entire town of geyserville and also an area east of that town. we're talking about 2,000 people. highway 101, though, is still open. as of this afternoon, the fire was 0% contained. there are at least 500 firefighters in the area trying to get it under control. the issue is the race against time before that next wind event comes in that jeff will tell us about. we know so far the fire has destroyed a few houses and other buildings but we don't know a firm number yet. we are waiting for another update from cal fire in about 15 minutes. we're going move on to other news in the south bay. a woman is sounding the alarm after she says she and her dog were attacked by two very angry dogs. she says she felt like she was left with a split-second decision, save herself or her pet. the little dog was hurt and is
now recovering with a cone around his head and stitches on his side. damian trujillo is live in the willow glen neighborhood of san jose with a story you'll see only on nbc bay area. >> reporter: an elementary school is across the street. it happened over in the crosswalk area a few days ago. the woman and her yorkie are doing okay, but it was a close call. jackson seemed his usual playful self today, but the collar cone says it all. it's protecting jackson from the scars of a recent attack. >> they were patrolling the neighborhood, like they were very aggressive looking. one german shepherd and one tall, big mix of some sort of bulldog or boxer, something. not a pit bull. >> reporter: stacy gunther said the dogs began stalking them so she picked up her yorkie. that's when they attacked.
>> the german shepherd grabbed jackson out of my arms and just started flipping him like a rag doll. and i was -- >> reporter: stacy screamed and a passerby honked her horn, stalling the attack. >> somehow i got him out of his mouth and grabbed him. they didn't leave, they just stood there. >> reporter: stacy jumped into the stranger's car with jackson and they took off. >> i was terrified. i really -- i'm a pretty tough woman, i think. i don't get easily rattled. >> reporter: police confirmed they responded to the scene but could not locate the dogs. river glen park is popular with dog owners. many there today couldn't believe the news. >> usually all the dogs that come around, they're all friendly and kind of surprising hearing that. >> reporter: jackson will make a full recovery. he'll wear his cone for another couple weeks, lucky that a stranger happened to be driving by. stacy says the dogs were well groomed like they belonged to
somebody but they were not wearing a collar. now she's stuck with a $1,000 vet bill. we're live in san jose, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much, damian. well, the wait is almost over. we're about two hours away from tip-off. the warriors play their first game of the regular season at chase center in san francisco. warriors versus l.a. clippers. anthony flores will have a full report for you live from chase coming up at 6:00. but anthony is not the only person going to the game. someone is headed to the game in a little bit. yay! >> i'm very excited. >> exciting. >> tell us how sglits i did go there for dave matthews. it's beautiful for the concert. now i'm going for basketball. it's going to be a nice day in san francisco but we have some concerns. the fire danger lower now but there's another event coming up this weekend. >> we are putting all eyes on that wind as we move into this
weekend's forecast. so let's take you to that microclimate weather tonight. we do want to start off with live chopper video. our crew in the control room is pulling this up and you can see there's plenty of smoke. the fire is very active as a lot of this smoke is blowing off towards the south and also the west. extremely dangerous situation still in this area. if you're in geyserville and not decided to evacuate, you really need to rethink that because this next wind event coming in will be stronger. let's bring you into the latest and you can see the fire growth again. it happened near the geysers and raced downhill with winds near 60 plus miles per hour. a hot 91 degrees, wind gusts only 15 to 20. so we have seen that calm down. tomorrow we've got a warm 93 and only wind gusts of 20. again, it's going to pick up.
i want you to think about this fire and the potential spread of it. all it takes is a couple of embers and we could see it spread a lot more w that wind event this weekend in healdsburg, you have to think about your plan. where would you go, what would you do if you were asked to evacuate? al in calistoga, i know you're far away but there is the potential for this fire to grow so please start thinking about that now, especially in calistoga and healdsburg, the way the wind is setting up. i want to move it into the second part of this story and that's the air quality. take a look at this air forecast for tomorrow. that is thicker smoke heading through san francisco and possibly into san jose as we move into your friday forecast. unhealthy air for everybody as we move into friday. so be aware of that. put your air on recirculate and you might even need that n-95 mask. what about the wind? it's going change and fast. here's the deal. we get high pressure building in on sunday and we get the storm system dropping down here across
the west. this area of low pressure, this is going to race a lot of wind right through northern california as we move into sunday. so i want to take you right into that wind forecast. as webad. i'm thinking nothing really big is going to be happening. watch once we hit sunday morning. we're talking about widespread 20le athe lower elevations. higher elevations we could see it up to 60 miles per hour sunday morning. here is the problem, this sticks around through midday sunday right through the evening as well. that's why that fire definitely could spread. i do see that wind calming down as we move into monday's forecast and we're looking clear here in san francisco. temperatures for the inland valleys will go to 90 tomorrow and we'll drop with that wind moving in. we'll drop to 77 degrees but
sunday is a big focus for major possible problems. firefighters know it, they're talking about it behind the scenes. they have to get control of this over the next 24 hours or this could explode even more in size. >> great. thanks so much, jeff, for that update. coming up, we continue to follow this fire. we'll have another update of what's going on, the fire lines, and some dramatic pictures coming in from sonoma county.
i want to take you back outside and look at the kincade fire. this is from earlier. this is burning in sonoma county. we've been telling you about this since last night when it broke out at 9:30 in the evening. 2,000 people still under an evacuation order. >> we've seen some truly incredible images from the fire
lines from our reporters. here's a look at some of them. >> some unbelievable photos and videos on social media, daytime and nighttime shots. this right here from our nbc bay area twitter page where you can see this incredible video of the heavy smoke, the flames from early this morning, the drive through sonoma county there. you can see the flames and the firefighters as our crew was driving through that area. then from sonoma county sheriffs there, this is just another example of those overnight flames and the sheriff's office telling people this is why we issue evacuation orders because of this danger. moving along now, we see our melissa colorado also posted a video, some smoke in the distance there. this was on her way up to geyserville on highway 101. we'll continue to track these photos and these videos for you and continue to post them on our social media pages as well. you can also follow our reporters and everything on nbcbayarea.com as always.
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the fire started last night. it continues to burn near geyserville. about 10,000 acres, that's the good thing. it has -- it did stay steady overnight and the winds are starting to die down. the question is it's a battle against time because as jeff will tell us, there will be wind coming up. >> in just minutes right now at 5:30, pg&e is going to address the power outages and an update on the fire. this is a live look at the news conference. we'll stream it live. it's taking place in san francisco. we'll have a recap tonight at 6:00 as well as team coverage of the fire. >> that's what we're going to do. we will be back. lester holt is next. breaking news tonight the . homes destroyed by fast moving flames. emergency evacuations in effect for explosive inferno burning out of control.
the extreme wildfire threat in the west homes destroyed by fast moving flames emergency evacuations in effect for thousands. >> here is a good chance we may lose everything we have up there again. >> the imaging coming in tonight, gas lines exploding in fire balls, monster winds up to 70-mile-per-hour spawning fire-nados. controversial mandatory blackouts preventing residents from getting vital safety alert from getting vital safety alerts in the fire zone. a in the fire zone. also breaking the surprise from world series contend he were houston astros be, a top executive fired for outburst at female reporters the team after claim the story irresponsible now apologizing, apologizing, what it