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  • Courtesy of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department

    Fire officials arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 37, of Sacramento, for allegedly igniting the Bully fire.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Cal Fire Capt. Aaron Bishop calls in a helicopter water drop on the east side of the mountain at the Monticello Fire on Sunday, July 6, 2014, near Winters, Calif. After the Monticello Fire broke out the night of July 4 in Yolo County, the department sought help from area agencies. Among them was the Sacramento Fire Department, which dispatched two engines before dawn the next day, as well as crews from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego counties.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Sunday

Published: Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014 - 6:00 am

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

Summer heat: Highs temperatures in Sacramento will come close to triple digits today, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a high of 98 degrees. The heat is expected to intensify Monday, with a high of 102 degrees, according to the weather service.

Hot and dry: State, local and federal firefighters have seen blazes break out exceedingly early in the calendar year, when forests typically would be awash in moisture. Agencies are bracing for one of the longest and most difficult fire seasons in memory. Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and top fire officials have been warning for months that the state faces serious peril from wildland fires this year, as the drought – stretching into a third year – has sucked dry much of the state’s brush lands and forests more quickly than in years with more normal precipitation levels.

Arrest made: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials arrested a Sacramento man for allegedly sparking a Shasta County wildfire that has burned 2,930 acres and destroyed six buildings.

Conflict?: Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters has voted for dozens of projects at Mather Field despite owning land and office space at the former air base– an arrangement that has raised questions by Mather-expansion critics about whether she has a conflict of interest.

Day 3: The first weekend of the California State Fair concludes today at Cal Expo. Post time for thoroughbred horse racing is 1:15 p.m. Read The Bee’s guide.

French celebration: The fifth annual Sacramento Bastille Day Festival is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. today at 1800 L St. A highlight is the Waiters’ Race, which begins at noon.

Who will raise the cup?: Argentina takes on Germany (noon, ESPN, Channel 19) in the World Cup final in Brazil. You can watch the title match at these area establishments.

Local sports: The Sacramento Kings play their second summer league game in Las Vegas (3 p.m., NBA-TV), taking on the Charlotte Hornets.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants, 1:05 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).

Reno Aces at Sacramento River Cats, 1:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).

Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners, 1:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).



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