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i'm garvin thomas. terry is off this weekend. we showed you the scene as breaking news last night at 11:00. flames shooting out of a home and embers flying across a neighborhood, starting other fires. as nbc bay area's christie smith shows us, fireworks are believed to be the cause. >> reporter: fencing is up in antioch after a fire burned this house near downtown. robert anderson lives here but wasn't home last night when the fire started. she hurried back as soon as she heard. >> it ruined everything i own is out on my front lawn for what. i don't even understand why they're doing it. >> reporter: in dry, breezy conditions, neighbors say fireworks better being set off in the neighborhood despite it being illegal in the county. >> we have a drought and they're blowing them off like it's a game. >> the fireworks have been going off all night around here. >> reporter: it was a busy night for firefighters. >> couple hours ago we responded to a fire in pittsburg and then
recently we were just one street over for fireworks that caught grass and vehicles on fire. and this is a good likelihood that this is from the same fire. >> reporter: neighbors say the sound of illegal fireworks going off is nothing new. >> a lot of fireworks around here, a lot. right down the street both ways. they're constantly going off at all hours of the night. >> reporter: some say they're going to cut back vegetation further from their homes as a precaution. meantime, anderson was able to reunite with her three cats that were at home, but she wants someone held accountable. a wild fire that caused a lot of attention in the east bay is contained. it started south of byron around 9:00 this morning. firefighters closed vasco road popular with commuters to and from alameda and contra costa counties. vasco road remains closed right
now. in all nearly 130 acres burned. the state's biggest wild fire continues growing in size, growing more than 20,000 acres overnight. flames from the beck worth complex fire from scorched 80,000 acres. firefighters say it started last weekend after a lightning strike. mandatory evacuations are in place for people living nearby. containment stands at 8%. rob mayeda joins us now. rob, the weather has cooled down here, but now you're telling us we have another phenomenon that might kick in. >> one of the things we have to watch for when the fires get as large as the beck wurth complex is, it puts out smoke and any change in the wind, some of that from the fires, some of that may try to spill down the coast with the northwest winds setting up over the next couple of days. that is something we'll be
watching closely. mostly 60s and 70s outside. we said the heat advisories will likely expire early and that has happened in the last few minutes. heat advisories are done and i think these excessive heat warnings still up in the areas in fuchsia scheduled through 11:00 tonight, i think odds are those will drop based on the current temperature trends. the earlier timing of the cooling. we'll continue heading into monday, patchy low clouds. and ongoing watching that wild fire smoke and any potential impacts on the air quality. we'll talk about how much cooler our temperatures get ahead and the air quality outlook in about ten minutes. >> thanks so much, rob. you can follow rob's latest forecast for your neighborhood simply by downloading our free nbc bay area app. crews are searching an east bay park for a man who disappeared after going for a run. he went for a run yesterday morning in the hills near the
mueller ranch staging area. police say he's an avid long distance runner and told his wife he would be gone about an hour. yesterday afternoon she reported him missing. right now crews are using drones and off road vehicles looking for him. anyone who may have seen him or knows where he might be is asked to call pleasanton pd. google is gearing up for the return of some of its workers tomorrow. the company told employees those who want to return to the mountain view headquarters are able to. if they show proof of vaccination, they won't be required to wear a mask. google plans to reopen some of its cafeterias and relaunch its private shuttle bus program. some employees have opted to keep working from home permanently. there's no denying that the pandemic is changing the american work force. as nbc's liz mclaughlin reports, employees are craving flexibility, and companies are adapting.
>> reporter: when covid-19 forced businesses to lock down, some workers changed their perspectives and their jobs. >> it kind of opened my eyes to the fact that i was being severely exploited, and you know, i was definitely underappreciated. >> reporter: a sentiment that may be part of the shift in employee preferences. according to a microsoft study of 30,000 workers, 73% say they want remote work options to stay. >> we just call this the hybrid paradox. people want to get back together in person but at the same time they also want that flexibility that they enjoyed for over a year and a half now. >> reporter: microsoft has started offering new features on it's teams virtual communication platform to accommodate hybrid work, including front row, to allow more seamless meetings for in-person and digital attendees. >> the face-to-face type interaction with people halfway across the world. >> reporter: the other tech firms including envoy are trying
to capitalize. >> hybrid work is transformative. >> reporter: the company offered software for visitors to track. now registering employees, screening health questions and booking desks. >> a lot of companies have hired more people back than they have desks for. you have to share the resources you have in the same way you would have in a meeting room in the past. >> reporter: changes forced by the pandemic becoming a permanent part of the workplace. liz mclaughlin, nbc news. a reminder for californians receiving unemployment benefits. the edd said starting today folks claiming benefits should start looking for work in order to maintain their eligibility. the federal government allowed states to suspend the mandatory job search requirement, but now that california is reopening, the suspension ends. edd is also reminding clients it has resources and training opportunities to help people find a job that's right for
them. they also suggest folks check out cal jobs, a free virtual job center. the mass covid vaccination site atmosey center officially shuts down on wednesday. there is no demand for large sites anymore. that has cities and counties focusing on smaller, more strategic ways to get the vaccine to people who still may want it. happening tomorrow, parking enforcement resumes in san mateo. last july enforcement went back into effect in the downtown business area after being suspended during the pandemic. now as the county moves forward the city has decided to put commercial parking enforcement back in place. all parking meters and lots will be back in operation as well as commercial parking and loading zones. areas shut down to vehicle traffic as part of the safe streets program will also go back to normal. today marked an historic
launch in the race toward space tourism. after 17 years of work, british entrepreneur richard branson flew into space aboard his company's vehicle. the flight climbed more than 50 miles above the earth's surface. the brief but successful test flight is a major boost to virgin's plans to start commercial flights in space next year. >> honestly nothing could prepare you for the view of earth from space. the whole thing was just magical. >> branson's trip comes just nine days before fellow billionaire jeff bezos plans a similar flight. tesla founder elon musk's spacex company also plans to fly to space this year. so far the mood is friendly and supportive competition. both billionaires have congratulated branson with bezos posting on instagram, can't wait to join the club.
donald trump has won the straw poll. the poll shows 70% of attendees would vote for the former president if the 2024 gop primary were held today. florida governor ron desantis came in second with 21%. everyone else received 1% or less. president biden this week will get tough on voting rights, delivering a major speech tuesday. after a senate republican filibuster ended debate on new voting rights legislation, civil rights leaders met with the president and vice president. the senate bill was designed to combat restrictive voting laws. the activists asked president biden to take a stronger stance in support of voting rights and against efforts to limit them. the choice of philadelphia is significant. it's where president biden kicked off his 2020 campaign in the city which he calls the birth place of our democracy.
passionate soccer fans around the world and right here in the bay area watched a wild finish to one of the sport's most important tournaments. we'll show you the tense moments here and in england next. and cooling changes underway for most of the bay area but still mid to upper 90s inland when that cooling arrives in the east bay and other changes ahead in your seven-day forecast when we come right back.
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out at wembley stadium for the european soccer championship, italy taking on england. tied at 1-1, the match goes into penalty quicks. gives italy a 3-2 advantage with a center shot. then italy's goal keeper comes up with a huge stop. it's italy's first european championship since 1968. and they're still partying about it on the peninsula after the dramatic win. people gathered for a watch party and the drama only made it that much more exciting. >> we won this one only once. it was like 60 years ago. we lost the final with france. we just missed a goal too. >> the patrons were glued to the game and so busy groaning and cheering, the roast pigs were in danger of getting cold. the restaurant is a favorite for italian heritage, and boy are they happy tonight. sports and politics emerging once again.
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conversation. >> reporter: the braves not being able to host the all-star game this year. how did that emotionally feel? >> it's whole bunch of things it didn't do. and once it hit that national narrative, it was like an out of control freight train and couldn't stop it. >> brent raffensperger has a thing about setting the record straight. >> president trump did not carry the state of georgia. what he said was not correct. >> reporter: but the georgia republican is pushing back against democrats this time in a claim his state's new election law will suppress votes. the outrage back in march led the all star came from georgia to colorado. >> deciding there will be no absentee ballots under rigid circumstances, this is gigantic. >> it was an example of people not checking out and actually reading the bill. and they listened to the
national media that was telling people one thing, but that's not exactly what the bill is all about. >> reporter: he says in some ways the peach state is more progressive on voting. >> you can vote absentee. you can vote early up to 19 days in some counties, 17 minimum everywhere else. and then obviously election day. three opportunities to vote. >> reporter: he's not alone. "the new york times" nate cohen wrote it is unlikely to change turnout much and it could backfire. it's not like you'll find a ton of support for the election bill in cob county. they went for joe biden by 14 points last november. but many of its residents feel like collateral damage. >> it's obvious, georgia passed a law, cobb county paid for it.
>> to be clear you don't like that law that was passed. >> i do not. >> but you don't like how mlb reacted. >> i don't. very disappointing. very unfortunate. we saw that game as an opportunity. >> reporter: not just an economic one, one for the commission's new democratic majority to show case cobb county's growing diversity and advance its progressive political shift. instead, richardson's concerned the all star relocation could do the opposite. >> do you think their decision is going to pay any dividends on the voting rights? >> absolutely not. if anything it hardened everyone's positions. it just further sows seeds of division as opposed to bringing people together. >> reporter: georgia republicans haven't blinked since the decision announced on april 5th. other gop-led states have followed their lead. >> it's not like we're over anything at this point. there is still disinformation taking place. and i think this is a serious
issue we're going to have to deal with as a country. >> will the braves get another all-star game? >> i'm sure they will. >> it's a missed opportunity, but there will be another one. >> you can watch more on this subject on our new platform nbc lx. it's 11-15 over the air, channel 185 on xfinity cable or any time on lx.com. rob mayeda joins us again talking about the weather this weekend. it's gone from hot but as we said earlier, the fog behind us is a good sign. >> drizzle storm for san francisco is good news for the rest of the area. the ocean air coming back and the coolant is the fog. we had the fan running yesterday with the on shore wind but starting to cool off. looking back across san francisco. you can see the bay bridge, a little bit of sunshine to the east of downtown and a lot of fog closer to the golden gate.
the temperature versus dropped off in the north bay and santa clara valley. we talked about the temperatures dropped. by this time tomorrow, you'll finally see some cooling reaching the inland portions of the contra costa county. there's the fog. you see it across downtown, out to the golden gate bridge and up to the bay bridge and a lot of low clouds offshore that will bank up along the coastline, that upshore flow. the summit of highway 17 will probably get a little bit of that for the morning. you'll see how the clouds spill inland, which sets us up for the cooling trend continuing on into monday. upper 70s to near 80 degrees from cupertino to san jose. it's better than 105 degree temperatures. you can see concord and antioch now mid 80s to near 90 degree
temperatures. notably cooler into oakland and hayward, kind of like the weather we had today, peninsula and coast mired in the upper 50s with misty skies. san francisco in the low 60s tomorrow and north bay expecting the south bay to keep near 80 degrees for santa rosa for monday and more of that as we go through the next few days. air quality thanks to the sea breeze, that's good news. that's good all around. but we're going to keep an eye on that northeast wind down the coast because some of the wild fire smoke from the larger fires burning to the north, some of that may filter into the bay area, nothing that's unhealthy as bad as last fall, but you may see more haze in the skies in the mornings. notice what's high pressure repellant in the extended forecast is this trough approaching the coast. that's going to keep the stronger highs toward the four
corners. that should reinforce the ocean air conditioning and the cooling effects of the sea breeze, which means lots of low clouds through san francisco through the next seven days and no sign of any heat at all. slightly below average temperatures for inland valleys as we approach the middle part of the week. a little rebound. the last few days we've seen 90s and triple digit temperatures, back to average if not slightly below average for a change throughout the middle of the week. >> that sounds nice. thanks, rob. some of the biggest celebrities continue to enjoy beautiful weather at lake tahoe, while playing a little golf as well. can steph curry win another title? we'll show you next.
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steph curry is taking a break from basketball to swing the golf clubs this weekend. he's playing in the celebrity golf tournament. you don't see this every day. golfing's great annika sorenstam playing defense against steph. his second shot on the 18th was a beauty. it nearly lows back into the cup for what would have been a double eagle. so close. he would make the putt to get the eagle. he finished 9th. taking handicaps into account, he finished tied with his brother seth. so, that means his dad has to jump into lake tahoe for finishing last. we'll be right back.
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me. you can see the cooling effects tomorrow on into tuesday, more of the ocean air conditioning. no 90s. no triple digits in the forecast. that's something we'll see more of over the next seven days. >> we will see you back here at 6:00. thank you very much. tonight, a giant step toward the next frontier. billionaire richard branson blasting off into space, the moment the plane left the earth's atmosphere, the minutes he and his crew floated weightless his message from the edge of space. >> if we can do this, just imagine what you can do. >> the triumph ntd landing and our exclusive sit-down with branson that sent him leaping. as a new age in space travel begins >> will you need another shot. pfiz