We are live on the power lines in Colorado and you will see up close why are wild fires are like nothing else in nature.
Also tonight, California's dream of hi-speed bullet trains is turning into a slow motion multibillion dollar nightmare.
And guess what, your tax dollars paying some of the freight .
And later, why is this man smiling?
Well today, at this murder trial Boston's Whitey Bulger, my old neighbor,
laughed out loud as the witness described a chilling death threat he allegedly made but yet,
he still a hero to some.
I will talk to another old neighbor about why.
We begin though in Colorado where crews had a good day,
but still very far from containing the largest wild fires ever seen in the state.
High temps, high wind not helping and there are houses,
about 400 of them now in ashes.
Worse, each of these serves as a kind of tinderbox catching sparks then fueling the flames onward and those flames move fast.
Watch this footage from British Colombia.
It is an amazing perspective .
One, frankly, you're not supposed to see and still live.
Watch how quickly that temperature shoots up from 100 to nearly 900 degrees in less than 15 seconds.
If you were standing here, this would be the last thing you would ever see.
In a moment, you will hear from people who get nearly that close time and time again as a job or for some,as a calling.
First, the latest on this fire right now from Martin Savidge who joins us live from Colorado Springs.
Yes, we are standing outside of the incident command center.
This is essentially where they have been calling the shots on this historic fire for the last three days and for most of that time,
the news has not been good.
But today, finally, finally, there is at least a glimmer of hope and a lot of that has to do with the fact, well, of the weather.
And the weather had been the problem for so long, now suddenly, the weather has turned out to be actually a pretty good thing today.
There was cloud cover overhead.
That's how it started off.
That's good for a number of reasons.
It drops the humidity levels, actually raises those, drops the temperature and the wind.
The wind has subsided somewhat.
That was best of all and then late this afternoon, the skies opened up.
Now we should tell you that when you get rain like this,
it is a good thing as far as helping to douse some of the hot spots.
But the problem is, it brought a lot of lightning and that is a huge problem in this area.
Because even though the ground has been dampened, much of the brush is tinder dry.
And so, even once the rain has passed by,
it means that that fuel is eventually going to dry out pretty quick here, John.
a small, metal object that is shot from a gun
He grunted as the bullet hit him.
goods, but not passengers, that are carried from one place to another, by ship, aircraft, train, or truck, or the system of transporting these goods
At an auction, the buyer pays the freight.
the hearing of statements and showing of objects, etc. in a law court to judge if a person is guilty of a crime or to decide a case or a legal matter
He went through hell during the trial.
to say or write what someone or something is like
The police asked me to describe exactly how it happened.
a particular way of considering something
A fine perspective opened out before us.