Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Mini rain event?: Don’t look for much rain from the weak weather system moving into Northern California today. The forecast calls for the possibility of rain showers as far south as the San Joaquin Valley. Any rain that does fall will probably be slight. Up in the mountains, there is chance of thunderstorms where the King fire is still burning. The high today in Sacramento is expected to be 82 degrees.
Major league plans: Major League Soccer’s top executives will arrive this afternoon, and Sacramento Republic FC officials have plenty to show them, including the team’s plans to build a new 20,000-seat soccer stadium. Republic FC said Wednesday it was purchasing land in the northeast corner of the downtown railyard for its stadium. Drawings of the stadium released by Republic FC show that the facility would be situated east of Seventh Street where it runs through the planned railyard development. MLS officials will conduct an intense two-day assessment of Sacramento’s viability as an expansion market for the nation’s premiere professional soccer league. At 7 p.m. today, Republic FC will host a Playoff Block Party at 20th and K streets to rally fans before its USL Pro semifinal match Saturday against the LA Galaxy II.
Fires rage: The ravenous King fire in El Dorado County has devoured swaths of forested terrain, leaving nearly 2,200 residents displaced as fire crews battled to protect homes, lives and a major thoroughfare. The fire, which broke out Saturday east of Pollock Pines, forced the evacuation of more than 1,600 homes by Wednesday and ballooned with new fury, growing to 27,900 acres by Wednesday night. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties because of the effects of the King and Boles fires. The latter fire, which destroyed 150 structures in Weed, had burned 375 acres and was 60 percent contained as of Wednesday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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Related Sacramento Bee coverage:
•King fire photo gallery
Sweat deal: Candy manufacturing giant Mars Inc. said Wednesday it will commit at least $40 million to food-related research at UC Davis in a deal that would support a food institute that’s expected to be built in Sacramento.
Expansion foes: The Folsom City Council and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted this week to sue Sacramento County over its plan to expand Mather Airport.
Bee editorial: Mather Airport master plan charts a reasonable path
Labor leader lecture: Delores Huerta, labor leader, civil rights activist and co-founder of the Untied Farm Workers, will speak at 7:30 p.m. today in the Sacramento State University Union Ballroom, 6000 J St.
Local sports: Texas Rangers at Oakland A’s, 12:35 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)