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AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Saturday

A burned stump among a forest of burned trees following the King fire in El Dorado County in October 2014. The fire burned nearly 100,000 acres and devastated a swath of the Eldorado National Forest the size of a major city, destroying 12 homes and 68 outbuildings. It shut down forest roads, burned through hiking trails and displaced hundreds of residents. Roughly 63,000 acres of the forest burned by the fire will reopen to the public today for recreation, including fishing, and permitted commercial activities.
A burned stump among a forest of burned trees following the King fire in El Dorado County in October 2014. The fire burned nearly 100,000 acres and devastated a swath of the Eldorado National Forest the size of a major city, destroying 12 homes and 68 outbuildings. It shut down forest roads, burned through hiking trails and displaced hundreds of residents. Roughly 63,000 acres of the forest burned by the fire will reopen to the public today for recreation, including fishing, and permitted commercial activities. rbenton@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Saturday, April 25:

Spring storm: A small spring storm is expected to linger into today in Northern California. Most of the precipitation is forecast to continue until about noon today, according to the National Weather Service. Weather service forecasters warn that travel in the mountains could be slippery. Snow could fall to the 5,000-feet elevation level. The mild storm system will also usher in cooler weather with a high of just 70 degrees forecast today in Sacramento.

Forest acreage to reopen: Roughly 63,000 acres of the Eldorado National Forest burned by last year’s massive King fire will reopen to the public today for recreation, including fishing, and permitted commercial activities such as logging and mushroom gathering. An arsonist allegedly started the fire in mid-September. Driven by winds, it swept across the rugged foothill terrain and turned vast swaths of pine-covered woodlands into dead zones of blackened trees and ashen earth. U.S. Forest Service officials warn that anyone venturing into these zones should be aware of dead trees that could topple anytime.

Big film fest: The eight-day Sacramento International Film Festival, which begins today, will spotlight two Sacramento institutions. One no longer exists, and the other once seemed ready to split town. The festival will open today with a sold-out screening of “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records,” directed by Sacramento native Colin Hanks. That screening, and a second (also sold-out) showing Sunday will happen, fittingly, at the Tower Theatre, which sits in the same building where Tower Records founder Russ Solomon once sold records out of his father’s drugstore. Rivaling the Tower film for hottest festival offering is the fan-made Sacramento Kings documentary “Playing to Win: A Relentless Pursuit to Save a Team,” which chronicles the (eventually successful) campaign to keep the team from moving to Seattle. Its festival screening, happening Wednesday at the Esquire Imax theater, is also sold out. There will be plenty of future opportunities for Sacramento audiences to see both films. Last week, distributor Gravitas Ventures picked up “All Things,” which premiered in March at Texas’ South By Southwest festival, for a September theatrical release. “Playing to Win” will screen several times locally in May, at the Esquire and Rocklin’s Studio Movie Grill.

Related Sacramento Bee stories:

▪ Festival documentaries focus on sports and related issues

▪ Tower Records documentary hits high note with founder Russ Solomon

▪ Sacramento’s Esquire Imax now offers beer, wine with movies

Food truck mania: The SactoMoFo 8 food truck festival will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the Sacramento Outdoor Marketplace, 700 X St. The gathering will feature more than 35 trucks, live music and a beer garden, proceeds from which will benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter.

Let the Scottish Games begin: The Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival will take place today and Sunday at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. Festivities for “The Friendly Games,” which begin at 8:30 a.m. today and conclude at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, will include bagpipers, drummers, Highland athletes, traditional and modern Celtic entertainment and more.

Rusch for pets: A Pet-A-Palooza is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights. There will be a doggie fun obstacle course, petting zoo, pony rides and more.

Local sports: PCL – Tacoma Rainiers at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN 1320)

MLB – Houston Astros at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 5:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

NBA playoffs: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans, 5 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN 1320, KNBR 1050)

College baseball – Sacramento State at North Dakota, noon

UC Davis at UOP, 6 p.m.

UCLA at Stanford, 7 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)

College softball – Weber State at Sacramento State, noon

UC Davis at UC Riverside (doubleheader), noon and 2 p.m.

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