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Wildfires latest, A-Basin opening and more: 5 Things to Know for Wednesday, Oct. 11

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 08:07:27-04

DENVER – Good morning, everyone! Here’s what you need to know today on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

1. N. Calif. wildfires leave at least 17 dead
The death toll from the fast-moving blazes in California's wine country continues to climb and many more are still unaccounted for. The fires have so far destroyed about 2,000 homes and businesses. Here's how you can help.

2. Puerto Ricans fleeing for mainland
With 85 percent of people still without electricity and 40 percent without running water, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have left the island for the U.S. mainland.

3. U.S. to miss World Cup for first time in decades
The United States failed to make it to the World Cup after losing to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 Tuesday night. This year will mark the first time since 1986 that the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup.

4. Ski resort opening on Friday?!
Believe it or not, Arapahoe Basin says it's going to open this Friday, thanks to favorable conditions. It's the first ski resort to open for the season.

5. Warmer temps arrive
Things get better for the middle of the week with nighttime lows staying well above freezing - in the upper 30s to low 40s and highs returning to near 70 degrees by Wednesday and mid 70s Thursday.