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>> from the bay area's news station. you're watching kron 4 news at 6. >> it's wild fire. watch tonight as the caldor fire continues to race through eldorado county. this wildfire is now the number one firefighting priority in the country. that's according to cal fire. good evening. thanks for joining us for kron 4 news at 6. i'm ken wayne and i'm catherine heenan. pam moore has the night off. >> the caldor fires causing a very poor air quality in the lake tahoe area. we have a time lapse video from the south shore. the day beginning with moderately blue skies and then turning orange. you can see it happen. the air quality index ranks unhealthy iran or healthy or unhealthy air to a score of 500 based on the amount of particulate matter in the air and anything above
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500 is labeled as beyond to give you an idea. tow city is now hitting 600, 20 on this scale. people. there are now getting ready in the event of evacuation orders being issued. joining us now for more on the counter grant lotus to give us the nuts and bolts of what's happening. yeah. i mean, fires in california are thing. but late september or october. this is obviously ruining people's vacations in august, not to mention threatening people's homes. so. >> you hope it doesn't get to the tidal basin, but they are preparing for the potential that it almost apocalyptic. the weather service saying that the reno sparks area in nevada recorded its worst ever air quality yesterday as smoke from the nearby colder fire just suffocated the region. this is video here from dustin name that you can see how smoky it is. it's hard to see almost this is it drive in truckee and it was taken over
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the weekend. the caldor fire has been burning for 10 days now. really exploded. you see some of the damage here. it has already done. cal fire saying nearly 118,000 acres have been scorched. 632 structures have been destroyed. evacuation orders remain in place and parts of eldorado county and evacuation warnings have been issued for parts of amador county. that means folks there. we're told to be ready to go at a moment's notice at last check, just 9% containment on that caldor fire. meanwhile, we're also monitoring this beast the dixie fire that continues to burn across 5 northern california counties. it's been burning for 41 days now and has scorched more than 731,000 acres. it remains at 41%. containment. a stubborn fire that destroyed more than 1200 buildings and continues to threaten more evacuation orders remain in effect for parts of last an ant to
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counties at this time. cal fire's using 41 helicopters almost 700 fire engines and more than 8,000 people on the ground fighting both of these massive fires catherine, ken, back to you. all right, grant, thank you very much. let's take a look at our forecast we're looking from the camera on mount tam. >> we're not seeing the kind of air quality we're seeing in tahoe. but there is some smoke and the bay area kron 4 chief meteorologist lawrence karnow with a look at exactly what's going on and talk lawrence. he couldn't see across the lake truckee could barely see across the road, you know, and we are we off of the of >> a pristine kind of get away from the bay area to go enjoy the outdoors and all the beautiful activity. that reason the beautiful clean air. well, it is anything but that right now that smoke just settling in around and look at this. very latest in the air quality. you can see the actually the worst category now lives across parts of south lake tahoe in the carson city in the incline. really the eastern half of the lake
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and very poor everywhere else around that lake. and that's not going to get any better as long as the winds continuing. you've got south easterly component to the wind. and that is taking all the smoke from the colder fire right up into tall right now. and that's going to continue for at least another 24 hours and then we'll start to see a bit of a wind switch. now the bay area has been very fortunate. we're get more of a westerly component to our winds. look at the air quality for us. most of the bay area in green, although you see some places in yellow, you get parts of the east bay and little more. but up toward the coastline. of course you get that nice fresh ocean there. but things are going to be changing here in the next 24 hours and that will be good news. you can see the calder fire just to the west of tahoe. all that smoke is being dragged up in that direction toward the tahoe area. the winds not terribly strong right now. but they've been fairly consistent that southwest earlier that south easterly component to the wind is driving all that smoke in that direction. we're going to see a wind switch and that will play a big factor in our weather in the next couple of
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days get ready. we've got some more smoke headed our way guys. all right, lawrence, thank you very much. and coming up in about 10 minutes. we will. >> be joined live by cal fire to talk about the ongoing progress in fighting both the dixie and the caldor fires. >> other news tonight an optimistic outlook on this tuesday. doctor anthony anthony fauci said this week he believes the u.s. could have some return to normalcy from the pandemic by next spring. and this is only if could be a big if there is a surge in vaccinations. but the uplifting forecast comes at a time when the bay area has some. >> pretty good news of its own kron four's, dan kerman is live in san francisco with and dan. >> well, there's some indication that these surges that we've been saying in the bay area that 4th surge could be starting to level off this on top of the news you mention from doctor fauci. >> is our fate is in our own hand. a glimmer of hope from white house chief medical advisor doctor anthony fauci
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about when the u.s. could get covid-19 under control. >> we can get through this winter and get really the majority overwhelming majority of the 90 million people who have not been vaccinated vaccinated. i hope we could start to get some good control in the spring of 2022. >> here in the bay area already some positive news that this 4th surge might be close to over that surge that we experienced through july. >> is beginning to abate. marin county health officer doctor matt willis says it's not just happening in marin county. among the 58 counties across the state. those that have the highest vaccination rates are in fact seeing the earliest signs of a plateau. i says there still remains a high rate of transmission, which is why other safeguards must continue vaccines alone are not going to solve this. we need to calm our vaccine
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strategy, 8 with other everyday behaviors that we know are protective facial covering being sensible about not coming to work and were sick. >> physical distancing where we can manage that women. things outdoors rather than indoors. those are all still critical elements of controlling transmission ipfectious disease. experts agree and say. >> if this, in fact, is the end of the 4th surge. certain behavioral changes must take place this time around. if we're to have long lasting success every time. >> throughout the pandemic that there's been. the search. we've stopped it. it's come back down. but that we've opened up too quickly. again and relax star guard too quickly. and so we've left ourselves at a higher plateau and then we build on that plateau. so we keep building and building and building up the numbers. but, you know, we don't have to do it that way. >> and that, of course, that brings us back to what doctor fauci had said where it is all up to us and how things go over the next several months
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between now and the spring live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news stand. thank you. meantime, in the north bay, solano county is the only bay area county without a mask mandate. >> now the city of benicia in solano county is considering implementing its own its proposed mandate would be for all indoor spaces in benicia including commercial buildings. the seminole county health department says it doesn't think making people wear masks inside is necessary. but finishes mayor says covid cases are still rising and implementing a mandate may be their best chance at slowing cases down. >> in the south by the san jose city council is debating a policy tonight that would require people attending large gatherings to show proof of vaccination before getting in and there was a brief disruption this some anti mask. protesters tried to take part in the indoor meeting without wearing masks. kron four's rob fladeboe has the story.
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>> there is no mention of vaccination rules per se on the marquee here outside the san jose civic theater and other city own sports and entertainment venues around town, at least not yet. but soon people attending gatherings of 50 more people may be required to prove they're vaccinated against covid-19. the emergency city ordinance being proposed by mayor sam liccardo. these indoor venues where we know super spreader events happen. >> and we see what the consequences are in the icus in florida and texas and throughout the country. we know we can do better at the ordinance would apply to a ray of upcoming concerts shows and sporting events. it is a peace center. >> the convention center theater's another city own venues. there was strong support among people buying tickets at the center of a civic box office this afternoon absolutely knowing that it's safer for everyone. including myself and my family here you know, make me want to go out and start living my life more comfortable. again, i think it's a great idea. i think everybody should get vaccinated and then they
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should. >> have lost that will encourage people to get vaccinated with the vaccination. i feel more for you that i did not going me my friends, but her concerts downtown weighing in against the plan were about 3 dozen people who staged a protest outside city hall calling the vaccine mandate a violation of individual rights in the pandemic. a hoax. you want. you want to meet your becky, that's going to kill you. little hockey game. >> to come it could be a break here. the people are mandating inoculate do this that are criminals are mandating vaccinations at large gatherings is the latest effort to beat back rising covid-19 infections due to the contagious. delta variant. it comes despite the fact that 86% of county residents aged 12 and up have had at least one dose of vaccine. well, just over 80% are now fully vaccinated. at last word. the council still hearing public comment on all of this with a vote expected sometime this
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evening. and if this works, the mayor says he hopes to go back to the council and ask for a vaccine mandate for local restaurants and other businesses similar to a imposed in san francisco last week in san jose. rob fladeboe kron 4 news on the peninsula. the salmon tale foster city school district is dealing with a cluster of covid cases. >> between august 16th in the 22nd. there are 14 students who tested positive for coronavirus. there was also a teacher who tested positive. you can see how many cases popped up at each school on your screen, most only had one or 2 cases foster silly foster city elementary reported the most. we've reached out to the school district and we're waiting to hear back. >> in the a civil lawsuit has been filed against san quentin prison officials and state corrections authorities. this in the death of a prison guard. he died after getting covid while on duty. kron four's haaziq mid-june reports. >> basically the cdcr
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officials created a covid cesspool and require their inmates and employees to marinate in that. >> that accusation sums up the bases for this civil lawsuit filed against the california department of corrections and rehabilitation on behalf of the family of sergeant gilbert polanco. he died last august following an outbreak of covid-19 where he worked at san quentin state prison co-counsel for the political family julia. sure, when describes the circumstances leading to sergeant death from covid-19 matter may 30th of 2020 that california department of corrections and rehabilitation. >> transfer to a 122 inmates from the california institute for men and she now standpoint state prison recount. >> and that kicked off a wildfire of covid prison. >> which was catastrophic. there's many things the government can do. but they can't make decisions that create an obvious are known
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risk of of death or serious injury to many people. and that's exactly what they did here sadly, plot. go get was like 55 year-old gilbert polanco was a u.s. army veteran who started working at san quentin prison when he was 21 years old. >> he is remembered as a loving father devoted husband and a dutiful cdcr employee. they want him to go like that. and then i asked not to, you know, that. let someone else take that of the ship. and he would tell me there's nobody. they have no one according to cdcr population covid-19 tracking san quentin has had a total of 28 deaths and currently among employees there are 12 active covid-19 cases in the last 14 days regarding the lawsuit ac dc i representative sent kron 4, a statement that reads in part, quote, on the polacco matter. cdcr has not been served with
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the lawsuit but we will evaluate the details and determine next steps. >> we extend our deepest condolences to sergeant political family, friends and colleagues unquote. has it made you kron. 4 news. >> coming up, we're going to be joined live by cal fire was an update from the front
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>> welcome back, kron 4, of course, has been on wildfire
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watch tonight. as we mentioned a little earlier, the lake tahoe and reno areas. they're getting some of the worst air quality in the country. the says smoke from the caldor fire continues to darken skies. joining us live tonight from cal fire chief daniel berlant. >> chief, thanks for joining i guess. you know, the lesser of 2 evils. if there is one. we have the dixie fire, which is the larger fire and now the caldor fire which is closed highway 50. are they both equally as dangerous and and concerning for cal fire. now both fires are thousands of it is the caldor fire, though, while it is smaller than the dixie fire by a long shot. >> there is significant threat there as this fire continues to work closer and closer to the tahoe basin. now, just to be clear, there are no evacuation warnings or orders for the tahoe region. but that is the direction that this fire continues to travel. now, today we have over 2000, firefighters battling this fire working to slow it down.
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working hard to keep it out of that. our region. >> and chief. i was going ask you about that. i mean, how close is it now to the basin. and i'm assuming, of course we could still see evacuation orders. >> well, this fire has just been born in very similar to a number of them. just that explosive rate. so it is put to a possible we are putting in a lot of contingency planning putting a lot of line to work towards holding it out of the tahoe region itself. now the fire has bumped all the way up to highway 50, obviously one of the main highways into the southern south lake tahoe region. not highway. does remain tonight mainly due to giving firefighters the to try to hold the fire to hold it south of of 50 hold it from getting closer to that our region. but the mother nature does not been working in our we've been having continued drought conditions across much of the state. not really alone is leading to just explosive growth of the caldor fire. the dixie fire and the dozen other fires are burning as we speak.
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i'm going to ask our producers. put the map up of the counter fire to give people a reference of what we're talking about. so. >> we can see the outline of the perimeter of the fire and up in the upper right hand part of the screen. we can see lake tahoe. so are we. what 1015, miles away let's say myers or getting into the basin is and how close it is. yeah, it definitely is getting closer. now what the best way to think about where the fire is. it's situated. >> almost in the middle of sacramento and lake tahoe, though it is burning towards that easterly direction closer to south liked how community of meyers be just south of south lake tahoe. that's the area. obviously where this fire would first hit. it got into the basic. but right now it primarily is burning in areas that are part of the national forest open land. if the southern portion of this fire and even the the the western portion of fire where the communities like there are over 17,000 homes. mostly in
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pollack lie pines a sly grizzly ranch. these communities that are on the other side of the fire. now there is still activity on that western and southern edge of the fire. but again, the main focus right now is trying to hold that north easterly portion of the fire from getting further into the tahoe region were resources have to be stretched fairly thin chief. how are you doing and did did they. >> have what they need. >> right now. we have over 14,000 firefighters on the front lines of a dozen major wildfires are burning across california. dixiefire that we talked about earlier. the caldor fire obviously taking the firefighting commitment. luckily here in california. we are no stranger to wildfires. we talk every single year about the need for resources were able during times like this. call upon our local partners cities and counties out from across the bay area from across california, even other states and even the military. so between cal-fire the forest service, all of our
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federal partners. we really are able to mobilize a lot of resources. again, 14,000 firefighters as i did 12 major fires right now. and that's not even to mention the thousands upon thousands of firefighters that are still in staffing responding to dozens of new wildfires that a break in now and other emergencies that occur every single day before at a time. we want to touch on the dixie fire. we have a map of that as well. and i want to show our viewers how lake alan or pretty much sits. >> right in the middle of the dixie fire completely almost completely surrounded by the fires. but it looked like on the map that i was looking at that the fire hadn't quite gotten into chester and a lot of those resort communities that are on the edges of lake. how many or which is very popular spot to not quite as popular as tahoe but a very popular spot there in the sierra nevada. so how's that fire doing and did the fire actually reach into chester in some of those residential communities. get the fire literally burned right up to the edge of chester. firefighters did an amazing job structure holding it out
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of the town itself. again, there were some that number of structures that were destroyed in that area. the like the community just or the committee of westwood, which is just outside of the lake on a region. >> some of the areas that were evacuated many of those actually been able to reduced down to just evacuation warning showing the progress that firefighters are making. but this massive fire at well over 700,000 is still burning on a number of fronts and that is still why this fire is remains a priority for us 11,000 structures threatened on this fire. but we are making progress. the fire as of this morning. at least 40% contained. so little by little day by day. we are gaining the upper hand. she for real quickly because we are at a time i i'm reading may be a lot of people. people still. >> heading to tahoe because they made plans. they want to lose their money. i would think the smoke itself is a hazard. what would you tell people.
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>> we're definitely telling people in that area to be ready to be monitoring the emergency notifications again, at this point there is no evacuation warnings for that area. but anybody who is has plans to definitely need to be ready. and we would encourage all residents weather in that region or any part of california be prepared. these fires are burning just so quickly as such an explosive rate. every california needs to be prepared. so when a fire does occur, you can evacuate and not whole but pretty much everywhere. cheaper really. thanks for your time. we know you guys are against a lot out there and we wish you the we appreciate your time. thanks again. yeah. thank you. chief. all right. let's says take a look outside at the bay bridge toll plaza where you can see some black smoke there. this as you approach the toll plaza the macarthur we're not exactly sure what that smoke was from that looked like it was burning from in between the freeway on-ramps possibly a homeless encampment on the ground. we do not know. but we
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did see vehicles passing through the smoke. so it doesn't appear to be on the roadway itself. but under nice that overpass will monitor it. we find out pass it along. all right. let's a take a look at the forecast to lawrence karnow was back in. >> again, we're not really seeing a lot of smoke, but that could change. yeah, i think it will change. i think as we get into thursday, i think we start to see more of a north northeasterly winds. so all that smoke that had been blowing away from the bay area and up into tall home. all that smoke. i think it starts to come. our direction. you can see the very latest on the winds, though. here's the calder fire right here, just south of 50 c 88 there. well, the smoke is beginning to draft right on up into the tahoe area really taking a right over the hill there and dropping it down over the lake this wind has been blowing that way. pretty consistently over the last couple of days. it will do so. poor. probably another 24 hours. so that's going to pump a lot of smoke in that direction rolling right up toward lake. you can see all that smoke moving in that area. so, yeah, folks that are headed up her
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thinking about it. you got to be prepared and we're talking really unhealthy air just rolling in from the fire here. coming up on the southwest and moving in that direction. if you want to know, it's really not that far away. if we're to take educated guess to from the center of this fire. you measure that out. that is only just over. 25 miles to south lake tahoe. 26 miles. that is not that far away the lake tahoe area. so hopefully the wind conditions will change a little bit should improve for them. and then hopefully they can get a handle on that fire before it does any more damage right now. we've been saved by the all that cloud cover along the coastline. that nice fresh marine ocean air coming on shore. that is really clean up the lower levels of the atmosphere. the fires continue to burn and not only colder fire but all the moving up out of moving toward a northeasterly direction today that being the case once again, it will do so over the next 24 hours and then i think we'll see winds, which is high pressure builds in all of a sudden we start talking about an offshore wind and that smoke coming our direction tomorrow temperatures of the 80's in the 60's 70's around
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the bay. then as we get the next couple days. i think thursday is when we see that switch in the winds will see hazy smoky conditions back in the bay area hot hazy and are big dome of high pressure temperatures getting near triple digits on friday and triple digits on friday and saturday. ♪ ♪ ♪ triple digits on friday and saturday. ♪ ♪ ♪ monitor, check and lock down you money with security from chase. control feels good. chase. make more of what's yours.
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election headquarters. caitlin jenner has been touring the state to try to convince voters to. >> pick her to replace governor newsom and the recall
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election. today she talked to kron four's ashley zavala about her campaign's latest efforts and her plans for california. >> in this race. caitlyn jenner is no longer only taking aim at governor gavin newsome, but also on the front runner of the replacement candidates. larry elder, she talked about how she would do things differently. compared to elder and newsome. >> we need a pr person that's more inclusive. and that's me with exactly 3 weeks until election day. former olympian and reality tv star caitlyn jenner wants to prove how she could be a champion for california for latest move as a recall replacement candidate. >> calling on conservative radio talk show host larry elder to drop out of the race for his disparaging remarks about women and allegations from his ex fiance that he brandished a gun at her. if that is true is not the type of person that we want governor of this state. what would you do to support and protect women. should you take office. the reason this. >> recall is happening. it's because of the women of
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california, the mothers. kids have been out of school. for a year. we need to give them the best opportunity to succeed. and right now the tax structures. we are the worst state in the nation. as far as a business friendly environment we need to change those type of things. jenner has declined to debate other republican candidates, all who have signaled they would drop statewide vaccine mandates or covid-related rules jenner would not directly say if she would do the same. so yes, i am for the vaccination. >> i think it's a good day, but i'm also far. personal freedoms. this is a free country. what's left. but it is a free country. few to make your own decisions and i respect the decisions that you're going to make that decision to take the vaccine should between you and your doctor. >> i asked general how she has a republican would work with california's overwhelmingly

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