Record-tying temperatures predicted today
Sacramento is on track to mark the Fourth of July with record-tying temperatures.
A high of 106 degrees is forecast today in downtown, which would tie the record of seven consecutive days of 105 degrees or higher set Aug 5-11, 1990, said Johnny Powell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Downtown Sacramento topped out at 106 degrees on Wednesday, while Executive Airport recorded a high of 105, and Sacramento International Airport, 104.
Unofficial sites reported 113 degrees in Folsom and 111 in the Florin area, Powell said.
The hottest spot in Northern California on Wednesday was Red Bluff, with 116 degrees, surpassing the previous record for the date of 114 degrees in 1991.
Today is expected to be the last day of the heat wave. The forecast calls for temperatures to drop about 10 degrees on Friday, as marine air makes its way back into the Valley and overnight lows fall into the 60s.
Those venturing into the Sierra today may find relief from the Valley heat, but along with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, areas around Lake Tahoe may see scattered showers and thunderstorms. The forecast calls for overnight lows in the 50s.
– Cathy Locke
Properly dispose of safe fireworks, officials urge
A spent but still-hot "safe-and-sane" Fourth of July fountain can ignite a plastic city garbage can long after a resident has gone to bed, officials warn.
To avoid a fire, Sacramento officials urge residents to dispose of spent fireworks safely. All used fireworks should be doused with water and fully extinguished before putting them in refuse containers. Fireworks are not recyclable.
The Roseville Police Department suggests having bucket of water to soak and store fireworks once they have flared out. The department recommends soaking spent fireworks overnight in water.
– Bill Lindelof
All fireworks banned in Truckee, Tahoe forest
The Truckee police and fire departments have issued an advisory that fireworks of any kind – even those labeled "safe and sane" – are illegal in the city as well as the Tahoe National Forest.
"Even a single bottle rocket, set off with the best of intentions to celebrate the Fourth, could spark a catastrophe," according to a news release.
It suggested that residents and visitors be ready for fire by reading the town's emergency preparedness and evacuation guide at: www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=86
– Barbara Barte Osborn
INDEPENDENCE DAY CLOSURES
The following agencies will be closed today in honor of Independence Day:
Most local municipal government offices
El Dorado Transit
Placer County Transit
Placer County Commuter Express
Sacramento Regional Transit will operate a Sunday/holiday schedule
Yolobus will operate a Sunday schedule
Elk Grove e-tran will provide free transit serve to the Fourth of July festivities inside Elk Grove Regional Park. Service starts at 3 p.m., with the Red and Blue lines running continuously until 9 p.m. Service will resume at the conclusion of the fireworks show and will conclude by 11:30 p.m. For more information, call (916) 683-8726 or www.e-tran.org.