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bootleg fire in oregon. it is threatening energy flow from the pacific northwest to california, and also heat across parts of the bay area is just adding to the strain on the grid. pg&e is asking customers to cut their power usage and there are some pretty simple tips. they're asking customers to avoid major appliances. we are talking about dishwashers and washing machines. closing your shade, turning off unnecessary lights and setting your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health permitting, of course. they tell us that every degree at this point really matters. >> we really encourage our customers to be a part of the flex alert, to avoid the worst case scenario. but something like the state's grid operator having to call rotating outages or other issues with the grid. >> we remember last time we saw
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a lot of public safety power shut off during that extreme heat. what's the chance of that happening again? >> that's right, liz. a lot of customers wondering that same question. pg&e says at this time it doesn't see the necessity for that due to the weather. it can handle the demand at this point but of course they have meteorologists monitoring the weather continuously, so that could change. >> hopefully it doesn't happen. speaking of meteorologists, let's go to paul heggen with a look at the fire lines, look at the weather. >> it's hot and it's dry, so the vegetation is ready to burn in the fire crews had to contend not just with the effort in front of them but also heat around them. there are still heat advisories and excessive heat warnings in effect in southern oregon and northern california, not just around that fire in oregon but also to the lava fire in northern california, and you see more heat advisories and excessive heat earnings in the southern half of the state and
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over into nevada. high temperatures tomorrow are still going to be hot inland, away from the bay area. we are getting relief from the heat. it was a two day heat wave, friday and saturday, and is temperatures back off yesterday and today. farther inland, temperatures well into the 90s, a lot of locations up into the 100 and we put death valley on there to indicate that 125 degree high temperature around furnace creek. but the onshore winds are also going to be helping to steer the smoke from the fires in northern california and southern oregon him away from the bay area. our air quality should remain okay at least in the near future. we'll take a look at the seven- day forecast, show you how long this cooler weather is going to stick around in just a few minutes. the beckwith complex fire, that's one region near lake fire, the largest fire of the year in california. it's burning nearly 90,000 acres and has destroyed at least 20 homes in the small community of doyle. reporter rene santos spoke with one man who got caught in the flames. >> i went out in the middle of a paddock area, just prayed to god, and we made it. >> reporter: the beckwith complex fire raging in northern california, destroying homes.
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and cars. outside where the fire is still burning strong, dramatic video shows the aggressive flames as firefighters raced to gain containment under extremely hot and dry conditions. >> need some prayers out loud, folks. >> reporter: bill kennedy got stuck on his property while trying to evacuate with his horse and mule. >> 200 feet high and then the tornado, fire tornado started. >> reporter: he had no choice but to hunker down as the flames raged right over him. amazingly, bill only suffered minor burns to his arms and his home miraculously left untouched. >> it dropped back down like a bomb and just blew up that whole field and just kept on going. left me standing out there, singed arms, a horse and a mule, and i went -- i'm still alive, i don't believe this. >> that was rene santos reporting. at last check the fire was 23%
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contained. another fire burning in mariposa and madera counties has exploded in size. it's now scorching 4000 acres. this one erupted yesterday, 60 miles from the southern entrance to yosemite national park. the so-called river fire is only 5% contained and is forcing mandatory evacuations now. crews creating some fire lines to try to keep those flames from reaching homes, but they will be battling tough conditions with more hot and dry days expected this week. new at 5:00 on a sad update in the search for a swimmer missing at an east bay park sunday. alameda county dive teams using sonar and robotic cameras, believe they found the man's body. they located him under water in lake devout near the overnight. the sheriff's office as it appears he drowned. looking live at the white house now where the mayor of san jose was part of a big discussion with president biden today on reducing gun violence. the president is pushing more communities to use federal relief funds for crime prevention. cbs reporter skyler henry live
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at the white house with more for us. >> reporter: several top city leaders and police chiefs from across the country joined the president and attorney general at the white to discuss ways to reduce gun violence and crime. >> there is no one-size-fits- all approach. we know there are some things that were. >> reporter: the american rescue plan provided around $350 billion to cities and states to help hire and train more police officers. last month is biting laid out his plan to combat gun violence. it includes stemming the flow of illegal firearms and expanding summer programs and job opportunities for teens and young adults. >> we are using federal dollars, for example, to expand walking the beat patrols in high crime neighborhoods, to getting young adults in gang impacted neighborhoods jobs and supporting the resilience of the city, supporting vaccination centers and a host of other tasks. >> this is going to help and crime and support young people to pick up a paycheck instead of a pistol. >> reporter: as part of the president's plan, the justice
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department is launching gun trafficking strike forces in five areas nationwide -- new york, los angeles, chicago, california's bay area, and right here in washington, d.c. >> the president is genuinely engaged with local communities, trying to understand what's happening on the ground. >> we can't continue to respond to symptoms. it's time to respond to the underlying causes of violence in our city. >> reporter: in a study of 24 major cities, homicides and leased by 24% the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same time period last year, and by 49% from that time period in 2019. the president has also called on congress to pass gun violence legislation after high- profile mass shootings earlier this year at a boulder, colorado supermarket and three atlanta area spas. that was skyler henry reporting there. you're looking at life to others from chopper 5 in the east bay hills where authorities have intensified their search for a runner who disappeared over the weekend. search teams are canvassing the pleasanton ridge regional park.
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they're trying to find 37-year- old philip kreycik. on saturday he told his wife he was going for a run . he parked his car near the mueller ranch staging area and never came back. the search team includes more than 100 people from 13 agencies. back out to live chopper pictures right now. the search area itself has steep ravines which need to be checked from the ground. kreycik is said to be a good distance runner who often does 8 to 12 mile runs. and authorities say he has no known medical conditions. still ahead on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, it was back to the office for some google employees. how it's impacting more than just those tech. plus, a new warning from the cdc on the johnson and johnson tran 19 vaccine. and why a group of texas lawmakers are fleeing the state.
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on the road to recovery, hundreds of bay area google employees headed back to work today. >> and it comes to months ahead of the company's full reopening. kpix 5's kiet do is light at google headquarters in mountain view on their first day back. >> we are here right at the entrance to the main google complex, watching employee shuttle buses come and go all afternoon. not too many people on board today, but it's getting there. >> reporter: for month, the sprawling google plex in mountain view has largely been a ghost town, but e t s life. feels weird. >> feels weird? >> exciting. >> reporter: this first round of employees are coming back to work on a voluntary basis.
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>> how has it been? >> a need to go to a meeting. >> reporter: company rules, if you're vaccinated and show proof, no masks are needed. if you have not done the shot, masks will be required along with a weekly covid test. in a blog post back in may, the ceo, some darpa chai said they would move to a hybrid schedule with three days a week in person. 60% of employees would be hybrid, 20% would be in new office locations and 20% will work from home. and they also have a new arrangement called work from anywhere up to four weeks out of the year. for engineered she and chong, he's looking forward to the free food. >> i don't need to cook on my own every day now. >> reporter: for mike moser, a research scientist coming back after 16 months has been spookily normal. >> it's sort of this bizarro like you fall right back into the routine, there's nothing unusual about it. >> do you see yourself going back five days a week? >> i think i will, personally. >> really, even though you don't have to?
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>> even though i don't have to, yeah. it's good energy to be here. lots of people to talk to. >> you're smiling. is that a good sign? >> of course it's a good sign for all the local businesses here in mountain view. >> reporter: jacqueline graham is the co-owner of the sports page bar and grill near the google campus and says their outdoor patio help them survive the pandemic. they were able to keep other employees and in fact will be hiring again when google earth start coming back in force. >> i think life is getting back to normal. i think people want to be out and about again. >> so in the past 90 seconds we've seen 3 or 4 shuttle buses come and go now, so they got a schedule in full swing. speaking of schedules, the company hopes to get that hybrid schedule up and running sometime by september with a massive employees coming back sometime in the fall. >> come back to work for the social life in the free food. got to love it. >> perks indeed. the latest on the coronavirus vaccines now.
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first, the fda has added a new warning for the johnson and johnson shot. the agency and the cdc monitoring reports indicating a small possible risk for guillain-barre syndrome. that's a rare condition in which the immune system attacks the nervous. out of the nearly 13 million people who received the one and on j and j shot, therare out 100 preliminary reports. >> it can be associated with some vaccines. for example, we've seen it happen with influenza vaccine again, very rare cases. so it's not surprising, but it is again something that people need to know could be a very low risk. >> cases were reported about two weeks after vaccination, mostly in men over 50. meantime, pfizer is presenting data to u.s. health officials, which according to the company shows fully vaccinated americans may need a covid-19 booster shot. pfizer says a booster could up a person's antibodies 5 to tenfold. the white house says it
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welcomes the data but the cdc and the fda will make a recommendation based on their own assessment. >> antibody levels are not the endgame that we worry about. it's actually disease, severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths. when you look at that, around the world, the vaccine is still effective, even against delta, in the range of 80%, 90%. there was one study in israel but it was an outlier compared to the rest of the world. >> the concern remains for those who are not yet fully vaccinated, as the number of new coronavirus cases is once again on the rise in the u.s. they are up by 66% over the past week, and infection rates are rising in more than three dozen states. more than half of all the new cases are from the delta variant. >> we are concerned about those regions of the country, thos esthar the
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cities in which the level of vaccination is really quite low, hovering around 30% or so. >> researchers at georgetown found five under vaccinated regions, which they say could lead to new virus mutations capable of defeating current vaccines. they say that could put the entire nation at risk. in cuba, a rare act of defiance. thousands of cubans to the streets sunday to protest the communist government. they are angry over the lack of freedom, a failing economy, power outages, and shortages of food and medicine. health experts say covid deaths are also skyrocketing. cuba's president leans the unrest on u.s. sanctions. today the biden administration says it stands by the cuban protesters who are demand and change. >> peaceful protesters are not criminals, and we join partners across the hemisphere and around the world in urging the cuban regime to respect the rights of the cuban people to determine their own future, something they have been denied for far too long. >> many protesters chanted for
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cuba's president to step down. police arrested several demonstrators during some violent confrontations. a rge licewel have reaction from cuba- americans here in the bay area on kpix 5 news at 6:00. democrats in the texas legislature are skipping town to try to stop republicans from enacting a new voting law. supporters held signs outside the airport in austin today. private planes carrying a large group of democrats took off from there just days before a special legislative session on controversial election measures. vice president kamala harris raised the democrats' actions. >> i do believe that fighting for the right to vote is as american as apple pie. it is so fundamental to writing for the principles of our democracy. >> the measures include provisions to ban drive through voting, adding new voter i.d. requirements to absentee ballots, and prohibiting local
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election officials from proactive lee sending out mail in ballot applications. time to get a full picture of the weather. paul is back with us, and the microclimates, when you look at it, on full display in the bay area. >> in the city it's been gray all day, temperatures stuck in the 50s progressing on the coast, you go farther inland and temperatures are back into the 70s and 80s, but not as hot as we were 48 hours ago. the onshore breeze is going to continue all week and it's going to get a little bit stronger which means our temperatures aren't going to change a whole. temperatures are going to stay on the cool side, 5 to 10 mac degrees below average depending on exactly where you are. let's take a look outside at one of the sunny spots. san jose seen plenty of
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sunshine right now. temperatures running in the 70s at 71 degrees in san jose with 77 at santa rosa, 79 degrees livermore in just 81 degrees in concord. 48 hours ago, temperatures were up to around 105 degrees for inland parts of the east bay. san francisco, lots of clouds and temperatures have been stuck in the mid-50s all day. not that much warmer on the east side of the bay, just 61 degrees in oakland and there is a noticeable breeze. it's that onshore wind that is going to die down a little bit as we had to the rest of tonight what it's going to be a consistent onshore breeze throughout the rest of this week. the strongest gusts are going to be in the 20 to 30 mile an hour range for the most part but it's going to be noticeable in the morning, getting stronger during the afternoon. same pattern is going to repeat itself along with the same pattern with the father repeating itself. it's out there right now. the clouds are going to drop down lower and lower and spread into the inland valleys by early tomorrow morning. inland spots should be clearing up by 9:00, 10:00 or so but around the day it's still going to be gray. at that point i think we are going to have a slightly better chance of seeing some sunshine peeking through the clouds over san francisco but it's still going to be mostly gray. the file along the coast is not going to go anywhere for the next several days. your temperatures are going to be stuck in the 50 through the
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rest of this week and into the weekend. temperatures tonight drop down to the 50s for everybody. it's a matter of how much we warm up from there. the coolest spots in the northbay valleys, low 50s. the warmest spots, 60 degrees, pretty close were normal this time of year. high temperatures tomorrow, 5 to 10 degrees below average. 50s for san francisco with 60 for the east bay, 70s in the santa clara valley but around 80s in concord, that's it. cooler than today and temperatures are going to be running several degrees below normal for the rest of this week. just 50s long because, some 60s and 70s down the peninsula with more 70s on the south side of the bay until you get farther inland in the santa clara valley were temperatures warm up into the 70s. some spots even further inland reaching up into the low 80s. inland in the east bay, the tri- valley reaching mid to upper 70s to around 80 degrees. the warmest spots in eastern contra costa county only hitting 87 degrees around antioch and brentwood. that's not bad at all for the middle of july. around the bay it is going to
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be cool because of the onshore breeze and the cloud cover on the west side of the bay, over the city. upper 50s in san francisco, low to mid 60s for the east bay, northbay temperatures mostly in the 70s. just a little warmer the farther north you go, farther inland, and it gets hot farther north. inland mendocino county, lake county reaching the 90s, even up to around 100 degrees. we have almost 45 degrees spread in temperatures depending on exactly where you are tomorrow afternoon. not much change day to day, whether it's inland, around the bay or along the coast. a modest warming trend as we head through the weekend and into early next week but even the warmest day on the seven- day forecast the short of 90 degrees for most inland parts of the bay area. let's enjoy it while it's here eventually the offshore winds will kick in and temperatures will get hot. we are not to that time of year just yet. you go farther inland, it still going to be hot for thcrews try things up north. >>, really hard. coming up -- >> i'm john ramos in san francisco. the state is now saying you have to at least try to find work if you're going to collect unemployment benefits. we'll explain what that might coming up. the iconic cable cars once again climbing the hills of san francisco, but they aren't picking up passengers just yet. plus, the pandemic may finally seem to be under
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control, but many people are feeling traumatized. a new treatment offers hope. >> this is a tool for people to start addressing trauma in a really safe way. >> i had a little trepidation when i first began to use it. >> the strategy is not without controversy. on the road to recovery, the mental health breakthrough, and what you need to know before trying it. that's tonight at 7:00. a reminder, kpix 5 news at , 24/7 access to cbsn bay area
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general motors is recalling thousands of its trucks because of an airbag problem. the company says it has to do with an inflator component that can fail, causing the airbag to suddenly deploy for no reason. the recall affects 400,000 pickup trucks including the 1500, 2500, and the 3500 series manufactured between 2015 and 2016. both gmc and chevrolet plan to notify owners of the recall, advising them to visit their local dealerships for a free fix. tesla founder elon musk was on the witness stand today defending his company's 2016 acquisition of solar city. the shareholder lawsuit claims musk is to blame for a deal full of conflict of interest and says he neprofhepromised. musk said that he did not see financial gain from that acquisition. the trial expected to last two
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weeks and if musk loses, he could be on the hook for $2 billion. a new high-tech weapon in the fight against hacking. microsoft plans to buy a cybersecurity firm called risk iq. the software giant says the purchase will protect customers from risks while they work remotely, and use cloud services. microsoft did not reveal how much it paid for risk iq but bloomberg reports the deal was that at least $500 million. more google news ahead at 5:30. some bay area wineries hit hard by wildfires, now hit with possibly a bigger problem -- expensive, or no insurance coverage. two stolen puppies go on quite a scary ride in the east bay. how police were able to return them to their owner.
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you're watching kpix 5 news at 5:30. right now on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, more local news at 5:30. those who are filing for california unemployment will soon have to prove they are actively searching for work. san francisco's cable cars were spotted back on the streets ahead of the return of passenger rides. our top story at 5:30, california's devastating wildfires threatening wine country. why some bay area wineries are worried this season could be
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there last. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> on alan martin. some bay area wineries hit hard by recent wildfires are now hit with another problem -- more expensive, or possibly no insurance coverage. >> reporter: last september's glass fire blackened 57,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. among them, nearly 3 dozen wineries in napa county alone. >> hi, this is hugh davies. >> reporter: you davies was among the lucky ones. the glass fire burned all around his 230 acre property near calistoga. >> we were able to make it through the fire with all of our buildings intact, and life goes on. we are thankful very much for that. >> reporter: what this year, along with the threat of more devastating wildfires, has come the skyrocketing cost of insurance. or worse, the possibility an insurance carrier dropsy altogether. >> for some of these rural areas that have been visited by fires recent, we have a real challenge of being able to
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afford fire insurance, or even security. >> reporter: davies says his policy, which he locked in two months ago jumped from $200,000 up to $800,000, while his deductible skyrocketed from $25,000 to have $1 million. in addition to that, the insurance company dropped what it would cover to just 20% of the value of his buildings. nick smith cough, a broker with risk strategies in burlingame, an insurance broker that specializes in coverage for wineries, says huge, multimillion dollar payouts to high-end wineries were as rare as some of the pricey wine that's been produced. but the destructive and deadly fires of the past four years changed all that and premiums simply can't cover the losses. >> what's happened is our program, as well as a number of other carriers, have withdrawn from the market and just said sorry, we don't want to do this anymore, it's too risky. >> reporter: leaving some


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