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    A crew heads toward smoke Saturday at the Monticello fire about 5 miles west of Winters off Highway 128. The blaze tripled in size and forced residents to flee at the Golden Bear Estates subdivision. It was one of several weekend infernos in the region, with other hot spots at the Sacramento-Placer county line, in Roseville and just south of Cal Expo.

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    Georgiana White, a Little Free Library steward, stands next to the library in front of her home. White is retired from her position as university archivist and head of special collections at California State University, Sacramento.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Sunday

Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 - 8:16 am

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Hot and smoky: Sunny but smoky skies are foreceast again for Sacramento. Expect temperatures to reach a high of 99 degrees today, with the Sacramento Region Air Quality Forecast to reach 116 AQI, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Westerly winds are blowing smoke into the region from the Monticello fire, near Lake Berryessa, said National Weather Service forecaster Karl Swanberg. “If it gets smoky, people with respiratory illnesses need to stay indoors,” Swanberg said.

Fire in western Yolo County: The Monticello fire in western Yolo County balloonedfrom 1,500 acres Friday to 5,000 acres on Saturday evening, putting about 50 homes in the Golden Bear Estates subdivision at risk. Firefighters on Saturday restrained the blaze from entering the large lot neighborhood and a temporary change in wind direction pushed the fire away from the homes, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Monticello fire is the latest in a rash of fires over the holiday weekend that sent a thick haze over Sacramento, hampering the region’s air quality.

Not open to public: Inside a government warehouse along a noisy freeway in West Sacramento is a set of metal shelves holding more than 100 carefully labeled cardboard boxes. Inside those boxes are tens of thousands of state records that could help scientists and water policy specialists better understand and protect California groundwater. But while all other Western states make such records – known as well completion reports, or well logs, for short – open to the public, California does not. Here, access to the documents is restricted. While some government agencies and researchers can view them, many scientists and the public at large cannot, a barrier many say reins in knowledge about groundwater supplies as the state struggles with one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Read the entire story here.

Little library: When Mindy Fox’s son Jack Gavron heads to college in the fall, she will get a library. The library, a handbuilt wooden box decorated to look like the family’s Craftsman-style home, already sits in Fox’s front yard along Riverside Boulevard in Land Park, but Gavron is the primary steward. When he built it for his senior project at C.K. McClatchy High School this spring, he joined a community of about 15,000 Little Free Library stewards worldwide, and nearly 30 registered in the Sacramento area. Read the story here.

WWI to be discussed: In observance of the centennial of the start of World War I, Sacramento Room librarian and local writer-historian James Scott is scheduled to talk about the effects of the war in the Sacramento Valley. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St.

Local sports: Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 1:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).

Sacramento River Cats at Reno Aces, 6:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).

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