Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Cooler under the firefighter collar: Temperatures are lowering, which is good for the big firefight in El Dorado County. Temperatures today are expected to be in the high 80s around the King fire that is still sweeping through timbered canyons. By Thursday, daytime temperatures should be 10 degrees cooler in Pollock Pines, making cutting firebreaks and setting backfires a bit more tolerable for firefighters. Breezes are expected to range from 5 to 10 mph today in El Dorado County canyon country.
King Fire advances in El Dorado County: The King Fire in El Dorado County lived up to its name Monday, more than doubling in size to 8,600 acres as containment fell from 10 percent to 5 percent. As of Monday evening, the blaze had burned no structures but threatened 500 houses and prompted authorities to order residents of more than 130 homes to evacuate. Meanwhile, a fierce wildfire in Weed has burned about 100 homes.
Finalist named for Elk Grove schools chief: The Elk Grove Unified School District has chosen an alum as the finalist for its superintendent’s job. The district board will vote tonight on whether to confirm 46-year-old Christopher R. Hoffman as its top manager. Hoffman graduated in 1986 from Elk Grove’s Valley High School and has two sons attending district schools.
Giraff’s calf stillborn at Sacramento Zoo: The Sacramento Zoo has announced that Shani, a Masai giraffe, lost her calf due to labor complications. The mother giraffe was observed in labor on Sunday morning. Veterinary staff monitored the progression of the labor and noticed Shani was having difficulty delivering due to the calf’s neck being wrapped around her long forelegs. Zoo staff said that it is not uncommon for first-time giraffe mothers to have stillborn calves or lose them at an early age.
Mayor revives ‘Think Big’ for soccer bid: Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the “Think Big Sacramento” team of strategists that helped him keep the Kings in the capital city, but this time their job will be to get the city a franchise in Major League Soccer. Sacramento moved into contention for MLS on the strength of Sacramento Republic FC, the minor league soccer franchise that began play this year and has drawn huge crowds.
Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m (CSNBA, KNBR 680)