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  • Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

    A Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department helicopter drops its load of water on a hot spot on the American River Parkway, south of Cal Expo as fire burns through thick, dry grass and trees as beach goers stand and watch the activities during one of the biggest holiday's of the year on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.

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    Carter Johnson is the first participant to cross the finish line, winning the open division for his team, “Don't Look Back” during the 41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race at River Bend Park, Saturday, July 19, 2014. The team included runner Matt Airola, cyclist Craig Tanner and paddler Johnson. The team crossed the finish line with a time of 1:36:18. For a complete list of winners and their cities of origin, go to The event, known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” was the first such race since founder Eppie Johnson died last year.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Sunday

Published: Sunday, Jul. 20, 2014 - 8:17 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 20, 2014 - 8:40 am

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

Sprinkles?: The odds are low, but the National Weather Service says it is possible that the drought stricken region could get a few drops of rain today. Forecasters say there’s a 20 percent chance of a sprinkles in the early morning, with a predicted high of 88 degrees in Sacramento. “If we get measurable rain, that’d be highly unusual for July,” said Johnnie Powell, weather service forecaster.

Tough fire season: The American River Parkway, crown jewel of Sacramento with 23 miles of forests, beaches, bike paths and hiking trails, is bone dry this year and causing unprecedented headaches for area firefighters.

Mall lighting: The city of Sacramento is beginning to discuss how to replace the failing lighting system lining Capitol Mall. City public works officials are debating two options, one far more expensive than the other.

One small step ... Forty-five years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Here’s a remembrance and a slideshow.

Fair roundup: The California State Fair continues at Cal Expo. Today is the last day for thoroughbred racing. Post time is 1:15 p.m. There will also be a demolition derby at 7 p.m. at the Ford Show Arena ($5 separate admission for this event). At 8 p.m., America will perform at the Golden 1 Stage. Here’s The Bee’s guide to the fair.

Local sports: The Sacramento Kings earned a semifinal berth in the NBA Summer League with a 80-61 win Saturday over the Chicago Bulls. The Kings will play the Washington Wizards today (5 p.m., NBA TV) for a chance to advance to Monday’s finals.

San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins, 10:10 a.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

Baltimore Orioles at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Sacramento River Cats at Albuquerque Isotopes, 5:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)

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