California Wildfire Reaches Giant Sequoia Grove

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on heat and wildfires in the Western United States (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Authorities say a fire burning near Yosemite National Park has entered a 2,700-year-old grove of giant sequoias.

California fire officials said Saturday the wildfire entered the Nelder Grove late Friday night.

Giant sequoias are among the largest and longest-lived organisms on Earth.

The Nelder grove holds 106 of them, including one of the world’s largest, the 24-story-high Bull Buck sequoia.

It was unclear of any of the trees had been destroyed. California Department of Fire spokespeople say they have no new information on firefighters’ efforts to save the grove.

Fire officials say the high number of already dead trees in the area is hampering their fight against the more than 8 square mile (20 square kilometer) wildfire.

Giant sequoia survive in only a few dozen scattered groves in Northern California.

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1:30 p.m.

San Francisco’s transit system is cutting its speed to guard against possible heat-warped rails as the Bay Area breaks heat records for a second day.

The National Weather Service says the temperature in San Francisco reached 94 degrees even before noon Saturday, setting the heat record for Sept. 2. The city reached an all-time high of 106 degrees (41 degrees Celsius) Friday.

Forecasters are predicting more heat records throughout Northern California, with temperatures expected to climb as high as 115 degrees in some places.

Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost says the rail line was reducing its speed until late Saturday because hot weather can expand and shift metal tracks.

Trost says the rail system also has paramedics and air-conditioner technicians on standby during the heat wave.

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10:30 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says a wildfire burning through mountains just north of downtown is the largest in city history.

Only one home has burned and no one has been injured as the blaze grew to nearly 8 square miles and prompted evacuation orders for more than 600 homes in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale.

Heat that has afflicted the Western United States made conditions tough for crews in Los Angeles and beyond.

While temperatures could hit 100 degrees in the Los Angeles fire area, they’re projected to peak even higher in Northern California.

In Sacramento, temperatures are expected to shoot past 110 on Saturday. Forecasters said areas inland from the San Francisco Bay Area could reach 115, a temperature last seen in 1950.

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9 a.m.

Firefighters in Los Angeles are working to contain a blaze that chewed through brush-covered mountains just north of downtown, growing to nearly 8 square miles and prompting mandatory evacuations for several hundred homes.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said Saturday that no injuries have been reported and no buildings burned.

Heat that has afflicted the entire Western United States made conditions tough for crews, which had contained just 10 percent of the brush fire by daybreak.

While temperatures could hit 100 degrees in the fire area, they’re projected to peak even higher in parts of Northern California.

In Sacramento, temperatures are expected to shoot past 110 on Saturday. Forecasters said areas inland from the San Francisco Bay Area could reach 115, a temperature last seen in 1950.

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10:15 p.m.

The heat has peaked for Southern California, but parts of Northern California are set to see it soar some more.

Temperatures that reached 108 in Sacramento on Friday are expected to shoot past 110 on Saturday as a sweltering week continued.

Areas inland from the San Francisco Bay Area could reach 115, a temperature last seen in 1950, forecasters said.

San Francisco itself saw one of the hottest days in its history Friday at 106 but is now expected to recede into its usual cool-and-foggy summer pattern with dramatic temperature drops into the 80s then the 70s.

Triple-digit temperatures in the Los Angeles area are expected to drop into the 90s for the weekend, before falling more dramatically next week.

The weeklong heat wave generated by high pressure over the West extended up the coast and into the mountain states.

Local farm holds ‘pick-your-own chile’ event

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A local farm is offering you a chance to harvest your own fresh green chile.

Farmer’s Daughters and Big Jim Farms is hosting a pick-your-own chile event at it’s 9-acre farm near Rio Grande and Montano.

The event is also a festival, with local music, vendors, and family activities.

Organizers say it’s a rare opportunity for anyone to be a part of the chile harvest.

That event continues through Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..


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Balloon Fiesta Park holds Harvest Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Celebrate the end of 2017’s grape harvest and Labor Day weekend with wine.

The Harvest Wine Fest kicked off Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park, continuing Sunday and Monday.

The event features 20 of the state’s wineries with samples or full bottles from each. There are also food, lawn games, art and live music from 15 local bands and musicians.

People we spoke with say it’s a great way to sample wine.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for minors and designated drivers.

Uber is also partnering up with the festival, offering a promo to first-time riders who attend and need help getting home.

Plug in the code “NMWINE17” to get $15 off.

The event runs Sunday noon to 6 p.m. and Monday noon to 4 p.m.


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Bac Films Kicks Off Sales on Sofia Djama’s Venice Title ‘The Blessed’

Bac Films has acquired international sales and French distribution rights to Sofia Djama’s “The Blessed” (Les Bienheureux), the coming-of-age drama that’s world-premiering in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival. “The Blessed” takes place in Algiers in 2008, two decades after the civil war of 1988 that ultimately led to the victory of the... Read more »

Funeral fundraiser set up for 8-year-old killed by car

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– KRQE News 13 has learned the name of a young boy who was killed when he was hit by a car earlier this week.

APD says on Thursday night, an eight-year-old boy was struck by at least two vehicles while running across Louisiana near Trumbull.

The father of that boy tells KRQE News 13 his name was Isaiah and provided a picture of him.

The family, in shock, has launched a go-fund-me page to help pay for Isaiah’s funeral expenses.

If you would like to make a donation click here.


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3 Masked Gunmen Rob Target In Emeryville

EMERYVILLE (CBS SF) — Three masked men robbed a Target store in Emeryville early Saturday morning, police said.

Officers responded at 12:07 a.m. to the store at 1555 40th St. One of the suspects had a handgun and another had a rifle and they told all the employees to get on the floor, according to police.

The suspects took money from the cash drawer and fled in a 4-door silver sedan. Police said how much the suspects took is not yet known.

No other details were available.

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Bernalillo County offers Uber discounts for Labor Day weekend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– If you’ve had too much to drink and need a ride this Labor Day weekend, Bernalillo County has partnered with Uber to help keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Use the code “abqlabor” on your Uber app, and the county will pay up to 10 dollars of your Uber ride to and from drinking establishments this weekend.

If the ride exceeds ten dollars in cost, you’ll have to pay the remaining balance.

You can expect this same promotion on upcoming holidays including Halloween, New Year’s Eve and even Mardi Gras.

The county put $55,000 into the program and says that money comes from liquor excise taxes.

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Denver Broncos Bring Back Brock Osweiler

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– With Paxton Lynch injured, the Denver Broncos have signed backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.

“We obviously made some moves and we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, how many guys get claimed and then work on the practice squad tomorrow. We’ll go from there on that,” said President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway.

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Brock Osweiler of the Cleveland Browns passes in the first half of a preseason game against the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Osweiler is a six-year veteran who served three and a half seasons as Peyton Manning’s backup before stepping into the starting role in November 2015 after Manning suffered a foot injury. The Broncos went 5-2 in the games Osweiler started, as he completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions before Manning returned to the field in Week 17 of that season.

Elway indicated that Osweiler will have a one-year deal, “Pending a physical. Which will happen on Monday. We’ll get him in here for a physical, so I believe that’s going to happen.”

Elway said that Osweiler will be the backup “until Lynch gets healthy. That will not change.”

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Paxton Lynch (credit: CBS)

“We don’t know and I think with the opportunity we had to get Brock back, we’re excited about that opportunity to have that experience there with Brock. Plus, with Paxton you never know with the throwing shoulder. I will say this: [QB] Kyle Sloter did a hell of a job in the preseason and had a hell of a camp. As I told him today when I talked to him, I said, ‘You don’t know this but I’m telling you from experience going from the preseason to the regular season is a big jump.’ We didn’t want to put him in that situation. Having been through that before and not having much success doing it very well myself my rookie year, we told Kyle that we’re going to release him and then we brought Brock in.”

When asked about potentially keeping three quarterbacks on the roster, Elway responded, “Yes, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. You never know, if we’re going to carry him right now we’re going to carry him for now. As you know, it’s always fluid, if so we’ll cross that bridge when Paxton gets healthy, we’ll see what we have and go from there.”

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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 04: Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass during the first half of a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Elway also said there were no hard feelings between the Broncos and Osweiler in 2016.

“When Brock made that decision he made the best decision that he thought was best for him. It’s just kind of funny how these things worked out with our situation and Brock being available—funny how everything aligned. We know that Brock can win football games with us, he’s got a lot of experience and that was one glaring hole we had at that time in my mind when Paxton hurt the shoulder. We’re able to get it fixed.”