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contained. 11,000 homes have been destroyed. today, we got a new look at destruction from overhead. you can see home, after home, after home in ruins. more than 353 firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines around the fire. >> it was another day of unhealthy air for almost all of the bay area although there were spots in san jose where air quality was better. this was the 12th straight spare the air day. that breaks a record set in 2015 of spare the air days set. despite being in the unhealthy range, there weren't any parts of the bay area in the very unhealthy range like last friday. you can see this slight improvement in the side-by-side video. on the left is friday air- quality, on the right, is what it looks like today. you can also see improvement looking at the downtown skyline of oakland. again, on the left is last friday, the right was taken today. the cameras on top of our building in jack london square. you can see that the skyline is much better today.
though the air quality is better than friday, as we said, it is still in the unhealthy range. >> smoky air means places such as alcatraz, places near cable cars and near the woods have decided to close. ktvu's rob roth joins us where outdoor businesses are also losing out. rob? >> reporter: this kayak shop behind me is just one example. businesses that rely on the outdoors are seeing a huge drop- off in customers. for the fourth day in a row, the oakland zoo has been closed to the public. the smoky skies are all but obliterating the bay view from the overlook. that air wasn't destroying this jaguar's nap. the zoo closed for the health of humans. zoologists say for the most part, animals are holding out well. >> we haven't noticed anything traumatic. there have been a couple of animals who have been maybe quieter than usual. >> reporter: zoologists say some of the beers appear the jardin -- bears appear lethargic.
>> there is going to be a cumulative effect. we have to monitor them every single day. >> reporter: the zoo says closing down has kept away the 3000 to 5000 customers that come each day. the zoo has estimated it's lost $100,000 in admission. at this miniature golf course in mission bay, business is down 70% because of poor air quality. this family decided to come out and play anyway, despite the conditions. >> it does not seem as smoky as they say it is but it's pretty clear from what it was the last few days. >> reporter: almost everyone else has been canceling their tee-time. >> we have a bunch of birthday parties. people rent out the event space and all of them are canceled this weekend. we can reschedule and come back obviously but it has had an impact. >> reporter: the oakland zoo announced it will be closed again tomorrow. this will be the fifth day in a row. frank and julie?
>> rob roth in oakland. thank you. several schools were closed again due to the unhealthy air. the cal berkeley campus remains shut down. san francisco state university was closed today and will be tomorrow. santa clara university is too. and it's the same for foothills college in los altos. catholic heights and hayward will be closed the entire week. many schools have not made the call yet whether to reopen tomorrow. >> let's bring in chief meteorologist bill martin to talk about the air-quality. i know it's down today but, where i live and where julie works, it felt worse and today felt somewhat better. >> the high clouds coming in from the weather system that will save us from that bad air- quality, those higher clouds filtered sunshine to the point that it made it feel dark year -- darker and felt smoke year. it was slightly better in some areas but i think the cloud cover did that. the cloud cover is money because as this system sets up, you see it offshore, it's going
to push through the bay area. there is two. both of these systems push through. they are going to clean out the atmosphere beautifully for the next couple of days. so, this is how this goes. the air-quality stuff today, you can see are the tuesday numbers. you can see they are not great. they are not in a good spot. but, 156 at the coast and central bay, these numbers are below 200 which is nice. wednesday, you don't see anything in here because, good news. here we go into tomorrow afternoon. here it is. so now there is still a little smoke lingering, but watch this final pop. boom. when you start seeing everythieast, just like this, t going to is going to send it long gone.
it's going to send it into the valley and get it out of here. the rain here is good news for us. the winds really, the last week and a half have been like this. they have been light. that's why the smoke has been so bad coming from the fire zones. that said, we are in a much better weather pattern. we are going to get some much- needed rain around here which is great and snow in the mountains. the air-quality stuff goes away. there is another spare the air day, air quality concerns for tomorrow. somewhere around lunchtime, i think you will all notice there will be more cloud cover but less smoke and the numbers should go way down on the particulate matter. i'll see you back here in a bit. we will timeout the rain and as we head into wednesday, it could affect the morning commute on wednesday. >> bill, thank you. today, some of the evacuation orders were lifted for people in butte county. now they are getting a firsthand look at what, if anything, is left of their homes. ktvu's cristina rendon is in paradise tonight. you talked with two people who unfortunately came home and found that they had nothing left? >> reporter: that's absolutely right. it's just devastating for these families. the people that we talked to
our outside the town limits of paradise, where evacuation warnings are being lifted. where we are is in the town of paradise itself, right next to city hall. this appears to have been a mobile home park at one point before the fire came through, but all of this is just so devastating for many families. >> i knew it was going to be bad. i did not think it was going to be this bad. >> reporter: coming home to paradise is heartbreaking. >> my cats all died i guess. because they are not around here. >> reporter: this is the first time sam is seeing how the camp fire incinerated everything on his 15 acre property on mill road. >> look at this. these used to be two, really nice little houses. well-built. the only thing sticking up is the melted refrigerator. two properties, looking for money left behind, but it's gone. this was home for the past 40 years. >> i don't have enough time left on this planet to ever have it again.
and that's pretty hard to take. this is closure of some kind, you know? that's all i can say. >> reporter: off skyway in chico, mary woodward is digging through the rubble, searching for his wife's jewelry. he says donna died earlier this year and he has not brought himself to go through her things. >> i lost my wife in may. i'm doing a lot of grieving over that and then have to deal with this. but it's just things. she's still in my heart for sure. >> reporter: he kept donna's ashes in an urn on a fireplace. an area he protected with a tarp. the couple talked about having their ashes scattered at sea. >> the dogs are going to sniff the area and find the remains. right in this area is where they will find it. together that they can get something for us. >> reporter: woodward lost seven cars including a 1990 thunderbird supergroup
anniversary edition. but he says they are just things. it's the people that are getting him through this. >> it's amazing how people have stepped up big time. >> reporter: i apologize for that. i dropped out. i will say if you are heading home, just be cautious. authorities are saying that there is a lot of hazardous fire debris that's everywhere that poses a lot of health and safety risks. in butte county, cristina rendon, ktvu fox 2 news. the state insurance commissioner, dave jones, met with fire victims at the fema center in to make sure people are getting the help they need from their insurers including cash upfront to cover their immediate expenses. looking at the big picture, jones said that disasters like this may make insurance more expensive and difficult to get. for many people living in california. >> we are not doing enough to
fight climate change. we are looking at global temperatures rising. we are looking at drier conditions and more fires. you know, a world where the temperature rises, 3 degrees celsius, may well be an uninsurable world. >> jones says his office is taking steps to make sure insurance companies expedite clients to help with debris removal from property, and to replace damaged or destroyed cars. we are following breaking news out of chicago where at least four people including a police officer have been critically injured in a shooting at a hospital. police say the shots were fired this afternoon at mercy hospital and medical center on the city's south side. police say the gun man is dead but it's not clear if he was shot or took his own life. there are reports that an announcement came over the pa at the hospital, telling people to lock their doors and take cover. police say the suspect shot one woman in the parking lot before continuing the rampage inside. one witness says the gunman appeared to be shooting people at random.
a man shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in danville was laid to rest today. the man's family says the deputy did not have to shoot him and now his mother is taking legal action. ktvu's crime reporter henry lee joins us now with more on what happened. >> reporter: the family tells me that it did not happen this way and the family is taking steps toward filing a lawsuit. family and friends gathered at a fremont church to pay their respects to vladimir abelea. one by one, doves released into the sky. his mother released the last one. the 33-year-old was shot and killed by a danville police officer. authorities say at the end of a chase, he tried to run over officer andrew hall who fired multiple shots through the man's windshield.
>> they chose death over life. >> reporter: the family and their attorney addressed the media right after the funeral service. >> i want justice for my son. >> this was a wrongful death. and, i just feel like -- >> reporter: they say his car was moving slowly and that the officer who was on foot could have moved out of the way inside of opening fire at diablo road and front street in downtown danville. >> overzealous on the part of the police. making something out of nothing. creating a dangerous situation, when the person had not done anything dangerous. >> reporter: neighbors had called police, saying he had been acting strangely and knocking on doors near cotter's lane. a neighbor shared with us this picture of him running away. some say he was filipino and that his race could have played a role. >> this is a classic example of
a man walking in a neighborhood, and somebody viewed that as a suspicious. >> reporter: in a statement, the contra costa county sheriff, his deputies control danville, said this is a tragic case, yet once again, john burris is reaching for his well- worn race card. this is not about race. this is about a dangerous and reckless person trying to run down and murder a police officer. once all investigations are completed, we look forward to sharing the full details with the public. his family says he had no critical history but at one point suffered a psychotic break. john burris says he also took issue with the fact that police body cam for an urge -- footage was shared with the officer's attorney but not the family. they will have to wait for an inquest which could be several downs -- several months down the line. the search remains and now an incoming rainstorm. tonight, we'll talk about what fema search teams are doing.
with more. >> reporter: there are several streams and lakes, which has all been part of the plan to search for ian powers there. >> reporter: the family of ian powers has been waiting desperately for answers. so has santa clara police. powers, an avid 49ers fan, disappeared from last monday's game. levi stadium cameras caught him exiting the parking lot on foot. he hasn't been seen since. >> your we stand almost one week later still not knowing what happened to mr. powers. >> reporter: but there has been a development. saturday near the marina, fishman discovered a body. it was an adult male, fully clothed. and while no i.d. has been released, the proximity to levi stadium raised a red flag for santa clara police. >> one of the areas we have not been able to clear is the waterway. specifically, there's a couple of creeks and guadalupe river that runs in the proximity. >> reporter: the helicopter
that would have searched for him was grounded due to smoky air and so police did the best they could on foot with all- terrain vehicles and canines. powers' loved ones joined in the search, too. >> we checked the hospitals and jails. he is not in any of the places around here. not even under john doe. >> there is no way that he did not find a way to call by now. >> reporter: they say powers, an army veteran, is the definition of reliable. the kind of person who is devoted to the people he loves. he had been at the game with his girlfriend and her kids when they got separated. loved ones still can understand what happened. >> right now, the most important thing is to find out where he's at, and two, you know, bring some closure to this case if at all possible for the family. >> reporter: no word on how long it might take for the coroner's office to make an identification. meantime, police are still pursuing other leads. >> in the surveillance video we
saw, we saw powers wearing a 49ers t-shirt and the body that was found was found fully clothed. did authorities say, or give a description of the clothing? >> reporter: no. we have not heard yet. the coroner's office is making the identification. they have released no information yet. san jose police were the ones who responded to the scene in alviso. not san jose who is handling the missing person's case. at this point we are waiting for all the departments to come together and when they are ready, they will tell us what they know. >> let's hope the family gets answers soon. ann rubin, thanks so much. an evening commute through the smoky air. here's a look at highway 24 in walnut creek. okay, i guess we don't haright >> very dark. >> it's a little hard to see since the sun went down but it has been smoky all afternoon.
not only there but across the bay area. >> it seems like it was better today and all of the sudden got very smoky again. >> it really did. the numbers kind of deny that. in other words, the epa numbers. the air quality, because i think the higher clouds have shaded things and made it feel smoky. with that said, i would not be surprised if low pockets are holding density of these particles. >> from the oakland hills on a clear day, you could see the golden gate bridge. today i was up in the oakland hills and you could not even see the bay. >> really? you couldn't even see berkeley marina? >> no. it was really smoky out there. >> it's unprecedented stuff. and i go back, like, our parents, our grandparents. i don't ever remember hearing air to concerns like we've been seeing this last week or so. tomorrow, it's going to be about the same. i suspect a little better, especially after lunchtime, as the weather system pushes through here rapidly. and what i showed you earlier, just blow it out of here. that is some good news.
as far as the satellite, you see two systems. one to the north and one to the south. those systems are going to kind of go through. and then behind that will be, into friday, a little bit into saturday, secondary waves. which is not a typical. here is the weather system. here is the low, here is the front. here is the weather system. you knew that. this system back in here is typical winter stuff. these will slide through. this is consistent rain. it's raining, we can time it. this will be the instability stuff. just so you know, that's basically how most of our winter storms go. there is always kind of impulses behind the main front. overnight lows forecast, not as cool as last night but still pretty darn cool. 35 in fairfield, 40 in antioch. in the nights and mornings, the smoke seems to be worse, because
it is cooler. one and done. every day. by tomorrow morning, i think that we are in good shape. or i should say much better shape. it really does depend on where you are. you know, here, i've had reports from the north pay saying, it's great today. and then you talk to folks in san francisco and it's horrible. you can see the clouds moving in tomorrow and that direction is what we are watching. there is an onshore flow happening tonight and tomorrow. we will start seeing the wind shifts. the real blowout will come late afternoon, or early evening. there is the green. those are 60s. that's tomorrow for forecast ties. mostly low 60s. it's really good news. bad news is you will put two and half inches, 3 1/2 inches of rain in the fire zone. they get a lot of rain. and you will have a lot of runoff, toxic runoff, and people who are evacuees who are going to have to deal with the rain. it's a double edge sword. when i come back, we will push through the models. >> thank you. it's one of those fun events that takes place every year in
san francisco. we are talking about santa-con. where else would you find thousands of people dressed as santa running around the city in search of a drink? coming up, why the city clamped down on one aspect but why it will still go on. coming up, white democrats signed a letter opposing nancy pelosi's bid for speaker of the house. and for the first time in more than 6 years, the rolling stones are heading back to the bay area. details about their concert coming up at 6:00.
in san francisco, the annual santa-con event appears to be back on with some limitations. after threats last year that it would be canceled. >> cristina rendon joins us. the event involves thousands of people who dress up as santa claus. >> reporter: to be clear, that part is still on but there were big plans this year for a costume party and sing along and it appears those are off. the macy's tree is here. the ice rink is here as well. the city made it clear that organizers applied for a permit simply too late. in the days leading up to christmas, holiday revelers take to the streets as part of santa-con. organizers say it's all for fun, part pub crawl, part toy drive, gathering gifts for toys for tots.
ar, they almost got a lump of coal. just last week, the organizer of the san francisco santa-con posted a notice saying the celebrations have been canceled. the statement reading in part, the city and county of san francisco has decreed that in their view, santa-con has no place in san francisco and the gathering should be shut down because there is a safety issue and union square can't hold the people. >> santa-con has never been a minute event. >> reporter: san francisco parks and rec says they only received notice to host as many as 17,000 santas last wednesday, 3 1/2 weeks before the planned date. too little notice and too many people all shoehorned into the union square. >> we had the macy's great tree and the ice rink. so, it just wasn't possible for us to permit them. >> reporter: just 18 minutes after the first post, santa tom
reversed himself posting, santa- con is not canceled but the only thing canceled is my participant station -- participation in organization efforts. he encourage people to still show up for the holidays. san francisco parks and rec said they would move blocks to bring this into union square but as for canceling santa-con? >> i don't even think we have the power to cancel santa-con. we are certainly not trying to do that. >> reporter: the city is staying with a little more notice, they would happy -- be happy to find a new north pole. >> we to be happy in the future to make sure their event is one where everyone stays safe. we just unfortunately did not have time this year. >> reporter: the city saying it simply can't stop people from 2018. they say they can't do it with the sound system. one final note, we reached out repeatedly tried to get his
take on all this and never heard back. for now, we are live in san francisco square, christien kafton, ktvu fox 2 news. still to come, the search continues for the nearly 1000 people still missing. up next, we will talk with a former fema coordinator about how the search is progressing and whether the rain will have an impact. also, if losing their homes and belongings wasn't enough, some evacuees also lost their pets. still to come tonight, we talked to a southbay team that just spent the week reuniting people with animals. go ing to spend $600 million help the homeless? an early breakdown on that money coming up.
the fire has burned 236 square miles since it started 11 days ago. search and rescue teams are racing ahead of the expected rainy weather to find and identify more victims in butte county. the wet weather could make the search for remains more difficult. hundreds of searchers are in the town of paradise and other areas of butte county. close to 1000 people have been reported missing. that number has been fluctuating as people are accounted for. at least 77 people are now confirmed dead. two men have been arrested, accused of looting a cal fire station in butte county. robert depalma and william erlbacher face charges. there suspect -- each suspect
has been set on $250,000 bill. a former battalion chief with the fremont fire department joins us now. so, they are getting 2 to 3 inches of rain up there. it's on the way. what is that going to do for all the people who are evacuated, but also for the crews who are searching for human remains? >> it certainly slows down that search because now we start to deal with the mud. that slows the entire process. because after the search is complete for remains, then they are going to want to go in and remove hazardous wastes, which from that goes through the debris removal. that's all got to be done before we can get people back into their locations, their lots, et cetera. >> so, we have i think, the latest number, 950 people who are still missing or unaccounted for. i know this is just an educated guess on your part but how much higher do you think the death toll is going to go? >> you see it fluctuate, too. it goes down for a period of time and then it goes back up. what concerns me is the great numbers there.
i think that they are going to find more remains. and the challenge to that is, they are going to want to get to that before this rain, because they are not going to be able to identify and. >> i was hearing today that 80% over 90% of the houses in paradise are gone. in all, over 11,000 houses on, lots of businesses gone as well. how does a town like paradise come back? and can it even come back? >> very slowly. the emotional toll that it takes is, when we talk about a town, we talked about it last time. an area of the city that is destroyed is one thing. we are talking about a complete town. so it requires rebuilding, not only from the standpoint of physical rebuilding, but also, the emotional toll that takes. people are going to have to make the decision. do i want to go back there? can i afford to go back there? how does this play out with my
family? >> and also, where do i work because my business may have been destroyed. >> commuting back and forth during this process, trying to get this recovery going. that takes its toll. we saw last year, that's not the case in santa rosa. they could locate fairly close to where their homes were destroyed and get back and forth in paradise, that's not going to be an option. >> when you say it could take a long time, are we talking years? >> years. years for rebuilding. you are going to see very quickly they will start to terminate the search when they feel like they cannot find any more remains. they will start cleaning up hazardous materials. then they will move to the debris cleanup. they will probably start bringing in temporary housing units in those areas so they can start to get some recovery. that's going to tell the community and leaders of the community what they are going to look at in terms of numbers. how many people actually want to come back? >> the scope here is just so off the charts. hundreds of fire victims who have been camping out in a walmart parking lot in chico are now faced with difficult decisions, with temperatures dipping into the 30s at night, and rain forecast for wednesday.
indoor shelters are being offered to the evacuees. chico city officials say there is enough room at a newly expanded shelter in the town of gridley, to house every single person in the store parking lot. but, some say they are not familiar and feel being in a tent could be safer than going to a shelter. >> a lot of these shelters have viruses going around. and i just take my chances at not being packed in like sardines, and all of the different, strict rules that shelters may have. i can kind of go to sleep when i want to. >> a rumor that walmart had asked the evacuees to clear out of the parking lot by yesterday afternoon was denied by the company. in a statement, walmart said it wants the best for evacuees. walmart said it is, quote, working with the american red cross, the county, and local organizations to best preserve the health and safety of those impacted by the camp fire. and for those living outside,
the smoky air is increasingly harmful. but even those who are sheltered face potential health problems from the poor air quality. on the left, that's what a home air filter looks like after five days of use in the camp fire area. on the right is a new filter. butte county public health officials say everyone should replace air filters as soon as possible. a fire burning west of los angeles for almost two weeks now is almost entirely contained. the woolsey fire has burned almost 97,000 acres in l.a. and ventura counties. it's 94% contained and fire officials expect full containment by thanksgiving. 1500 structures were destroyed in that fire. one estimate puts the cost of recovery at $13 billion. people who were evacuated as a result of their homes. people in malibu returned home yesterday with the remainder of the evacuees returning home today. schools in the area are expected to remain closed though through the thanksgiving holiday. for the latest on evacuations and the air-quality chart, you
can always go to our website, ktvu.com, and click on the wildfire banner on our homepage. during the midterm elections, one of the more contentious battles took place over proposition c. that's a new corporate tax site to fund homeless programs in san francisco. ktvu's rob malcolm joins us now. he spoke with out of the kids to applaud the legislation. >> reporter: that's right. the city of san francisco already spend $300 million on programs for the homeless. proposition c would add another $300 million. and right now, it was pushed onto the november ballot and right now, they are determining how to allocate all of this money. more money will be thrown towards the number one problem facing the city of san francisco. >> we are thrilled that it has passed with overwhelming support. every district in the city supported it. we have a lot of momentum. and a lot of folks that were really, kind of, had a lot of
negativity about the issue. they removed and moved in a positive way. >> reporter: homeless advocates won the battle of prophecy, which opposes an average 0.5% in gross receipt taxes on corporate revenue above $50 million. 300 to 400 of san francisco's largest businesses would be affected. the majority in the tech and financial sector. now, there is 300 million in the conference to fight the growing homeless problem. >> what happens is, it has to go to housing. we anticipate 400 housing units through that or 6000 people because a lot of those are families. about 4500 substance abuse and mental health treatment slots. a quarter of the funding goes there. >> reporter: san francisco mayor london breed opposed the measure, arguing it would make the homeless problem worse, that it lacked accountability, and the million on homeless programs which need to be audited before a tax bill is doubled. now, a willing partner, she has introduced legislation to have the measure validated, to see
if money can be used. >> but in the meantime, we are still moving forward with the work that needs to be done, including pushing for the 1000 shelter beds that i'm proposing, as well as acquiring master leases on buildings to get people housed. >> reporter: of the mayor is on board, she believes in investing homelessness now only makes sense, and it saves money on resources in the long run. >> we are paying for homelessness no matter what. we are paying for homelessness of er costs. about $45,000 per year. we are paying for homelessness in lives lost. >> reporter: voters sent a strong message, squashing arguments that attacks would hurt the local economy and force headquarters and jobs from san francisco. >> when it boiled down, it was all about not wanting to pay additional taxes. they will continue to gripe about that but we think for homeless people it's worth it. >> reporter: and the report from the city comptroller's office in december said that
the new taxes would only cost the city 875 jobs over 20 years. we are live in san francisco, frank and julie? >> rob malcolm, thank you. still to come, or changes in the white house. the names and positions the president is thinking about letting go. [ phone rings ] what?! ready for christmas? no, it's way too early to be annoyed by christmas. you just need some holiday spirit! that's it! this feud just went mobile. with xfinity xfi you get the best wifi experience at home. and with xfinity mobile, you get the best wireless coverage for your phone. ...you're about to find out! you don't even know where i live... hello! see the grinch in theaters by saying "get grinch tickets" into your xfinity x1 voice remote. a guy just dropped this off. he-he-he-he.
shakeup is coming. the president has hinted he will fire atfive top advisors and cabinet secretaries. politico reports the president is looking at replacing chief of staff john kelly and homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen. today, kellyanne conway did not deny changes are likely coming. >> the president and the president alone has the right to have the senior staff and the cabinet in place that he wants. >> there is also speculation as commerce secretary wilbur ross and interior secretary ryan zinke could also be fired. an update now on breaking news from chicago. we've just learned that a police officer was shot by a gunman at mercy hospital has died. police say the gunman opened fire at the hospital this afternoon. three other people were wounded. authorities say the gunman is dead but it's not clear if he was shot or if he took his own life. there are reports that an announcement came over the pa system at the hospital, telling people to lock their doors and take cover. police say the suspect shot one woman in the parking lot before
continuing to fire inside the hospital. a witness the gunman appeared to be shooting people at random. recreational marijuana is about to become legal in massachusetts, 2 years after a voter approved ballot initiative. two stores will open tomorrow in the towns of leicester and north hampton, where the state cannabis control commission says at least three more should be joining them soon. massachusetts will be the first state east of the mississippi to regulate -- regular marijuana. some support the change, others aren't so sure. >> i'm not so sure it'll be good to track hotheads all over the state. >> i'm willing to support it. >> two veterans, including the mayor of north hampton, have been chosen to be the first customers when stores open tomorrow. their houses are gone, the places where they worked and shopped, all gone. all of it lost in the camp fire. on top of that, many also thought that they'd never see the pets again. >> these people, they don't --
they've lost everything. and, to be the person to hand them their dog, it hits home for me. >> coming up next, the south bay residents who spent a week reuniting people with hundreds of lost pets. and let's check in on your weather as we go forward here. there quality should be getting a lot better. we've got rain back in the forecast. this little home of mine, ♪ i'm gonna let it shine. ♪ it's energy saving time,
as victims of the camp fire struggle to deal with the magnitude of their loss, animal control officers from the south they are providing hope. there reuniting those victims with their pets. >> a dog that needed extra attention. >> reporter: for santa clara county animal control officer jeremy, the pain of losing a pet is so intense, he felt compelled to have -- help campfire victims facing that same thing. >> these people, they've lost everything. and to be the person to give -- to be that person who hands them their dogs, it hits home for me. >> reporter: over the last six days, jeremy selbach and his partner, rookie officer jessica ibanez, set up and makeshift shelters at the
chico airport. hundreds of animals, from as large as dogs, down to small reptiles, were displaced and fear lost when the campfire started november 8th. >> it was emotionally, you know, draining a little bit. but, to provide my service over there was really rewarding. >> reporter: ibanez , selbach, and scores of volunteers, served as a receiving site for 12,000 pets separated from their owners. some needed medical attention due to burnt limbs. almost all needed help with emotional upheaval that comes with evacuation and loss. >> having the attention of a human being, letting them know that they are not there. >> reporter: over the course of six days, selbach and ibanez got up early, went to bed late, spending their days trying to get the animals in a more regular routine of walks and play time. over the span of six days, they were able to reunite 100 donors and their pets. >> to know that they were able to have their animals back was
really good. >> in san martin, jesse gary, ktvu fox 2 news. tracking the weather around here, we have some rain heading our way which is great news, considering it has been a while since we've had some rain and a clean, flush up there too. that's going to happen as these systems come in., to the south is feeding it. some moisture, and also priming the pump, if you will, to bring in some significant rainfall. some areas could see, in the bay area, up to an inch. 2 inches of rain. this pattern is exactly what you want to see. it would have been nice to have it, a week ago. the first system comes in wednesday. and, there will be pulses behind that that will keep things going. you will see in the five-day, just kind of showery.
in the mountains, above 6000 feet. here is the model. here we are tomorrow night. tomorrow is dry but by tomorrow night, the wind has shifted. there is your wednesday morning commute. wednesday around 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning, it's what as well. you get the idea. 10 a.m., we push it forward into the evening commute. not too bad. but, wednesday is a big tropical day. folks are in the lake tahoe area, traveling. the snow level, they won't be chaining up at pass level but just past that, they could be. most likely, it will be below pass. but, above 6000 feet, you're going to see a foot and a half of snow and significant rain. then we get the next impulse. there is thursday morning. in this system, this is thanksgiving. this system tweaks through and could bring a few scattered showers as well on thanksgiving. as you look at the rainfall accumulations and the possibilities of relation, by wednesday night, we've got almost an inch.
wednesday, the first hit is going to be the most significant rain. but as we go through saturday, scattered showers, up to to 3 inches -- up to 2 to 3 inches in the north bay. so, the forecast high is tomorrow and then the five-day forecast. the five-day forecast is what we need. it's going to be a real hassle for the folks up in chico and butte county because they're going to get significant rain. not flooding rain, but significant rain. and we are also going to get better air quality. so, lots going on here. but, it's winter, or close to winter and we need the rain. >> i think you're saying, what, 2 to 3 inches in butte county? absolutely. i think butte county could go to 3 inches. maybe 3 1/2. paradise is known for rain. if chico gets two, paradise will get 2 1/2, three. it is kind of like marin county is to us. but they have good rain.
with all of the pollutants, it's going to run off into the butte creek and feather river. >> all right, thank you. coming up soon, the president has blocked the acting attorney general. the arguments three senate democrats are making, while claiming that matthew whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional. coming up at 6:00, vowing to block nancy pelosi from re- taking the position as speaker of the house. and, police in belmont hope that newly released video will lead them to the driver of this suv, possibly linked to a death investigation.
to mount following the death of journalist jamal khashoggi. today, germany imposed agents on the 18 saudi agents suspected of killing the american resident who was an opinion writer for "the washington post." "the new york times" concluded that crown prince mohammed bin salman personally ordered khashoggi's killing. saudi officials denied those reports. three senate democrats filed suit today against president trump and acting attorney general matthew whitaker, claiming whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional. president trump appointed whitaker to the post after mr. trump fired jeff sessions two weeks ago. fox news' ray bogan has more from washington. >> reporter: three democrats on the senate judiciary committee are challenging the constitutionality of president trump stores to temporarily run the justice department. acting attorney general whitaker has publicly criticized robert mueller, saying the attorney general could withhold funding from the investigation, effectively shutting it down. >> i would not get involved.
and all of these people saying i'm going to end the investigation, they've been saying that for, how long has this witchhunt gone on? >> reporter: the president said he would stay out of it if matthew whitaker tried to end or alter the special counsel investigation. a new lawsuit filed by senate democrats claims whitaker's designation by the president to perform the functions and duties of the attorney general violates the appointments clause, indeed, if allowed to stand, mr. whitaker's appointment would create a roadmap for the evasion of the constitutionally prescribed senate advice and consent role. the senators laid out their arguments in statements. richard blumenthal said, quote, americans prize a system of checks and balances, which president trump's dictatorial appointment betrays. the white house added, -- lackey, whose stated purpose, apparently, is undermining a major investigation into the president. but, the office of legal counsel says whitaker's appointment is constitutional, arguing it's consistent with
the vacancies and supreme court precedent. >> i don't know matt whitaker but the qualifications so he is extremely qualified. the justice department had said his appointment is legal. leave it at that. let's go forward. >> reporter: president trump has written answers to questions from special counsel robert mueller. but fox news learned he won't be submitting those answers today. in washington, ray bogan, fox news. this is ktvu fox 2 news at 6:00. home being through the rubble. today, hundreds of residents in butte county returned for the first time to see what was left of their homes after they had to flee during the deadly campfire. >> pretty ugly, isn't it? i mean, i see the beauty because i have been here for so long but a pretty overwhelming. a lot of memories here for sure. >> the beacons are now in the coming days is rain, which is expected to bring relief to the fire lines, but could also hamper the search for human remains. good evening, i'm julie haener.
>> and i'm frank somerville. the rain could make life liz -- miserable as well for people sleeping in cars, or sleeping on the ground in a tent. here are the latest numbers. 77 people are confirmed dead from the fire. we may get updated numbers from cal fire sometime this evening. butte county officials say as many as 991 people are still missing. surgeon recovery crews are urgently looking for more human remains before the storm moves into northern california. it's a storm that could drop 2 to 3 inches of rain. the fire has now burned nearly 236 square miles of land, crews say they are making progress in getting a line around the fire. tonight, it's 66% contained. >> some evacuation orders were lifted today for areas near the fire. you can see them right here on this map. the thick green line in the original is the original evacuation boundary.