Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Summer showers?: Today would be a good day to replace windshield wipers if they are a stiff and cracked from the hot summer because the National Weather Service predicts a chance of showers tomorrow in Sacramento. Look for slightly cooler temperatures today in advance of the low pressure system predicted to move inland later today. The high expected today: 88 degrees.
Fires continues to rage: The long fire season in Northern California continues. The ravenous King fire, burning up the American River and Silver Creek canyons and devouring timber in the Eldorado National Forest, threatened the idyllic community of Swansboro Country and exploded from just 20 acres on Saturday to 12,780 acres by Tuesday night. A four-mile stretch of Highway 50 remains closed Wednesday between Sly Park Road and Fresh Pond. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for neighborhoods in the eastern portion of Pollock Pines. Meanwhile, in Weed, a blaze that broke out in a Siskiyou County pasture Monday afternoon quickly turned into an inferno that swept over 100 homes and other structures. Although the Boles fire is one of the smaller blazes to strike California in this parched summer season, it was one of the most destructive as high wind gusts and dry brush and trees fueled it so quickly that it burned through neighborhoods, churches and part of a lumber mill.
New leader chosen: Elk Grove Unified School District’s board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to hire a local resident and Valley High School graduate as its new superintendent. Christopher R. Hoffman, 46, will be paid $270,000 and will receive $800 a month for transportation and business expenses. The 62,500-student district is the fifth-largest in California. When Hoffman starts the job Nov. 17, he will be the sixth superintendent to lead the district in its 55-year history. He also will be the first district alumnus with the job.
3 feet, it’s the law: California’s new 3-foot law is in effect, requiring drivers to give cyclists 36 inches of elbow room, will not lead to a bout of ticket writing, Sacramento area local law enforcement officials predicted this week. Sacramento police and local California Highway Patrol representatives said they plan a case-by-case approach in deciding whether a driver is giving a cyclist a fair path down the street.
Related Bee stories:
•Poll: Will new share-the-road law improve bicycling safety?
•Dan Walters: If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it
•Editorial: An improved biking network is essential for Sacramento
Preserve apples: With apple season underway, the Sacramento Master Food Preservers are offering a two-hour class today on how to preserve apples. Presenters will share recipes, methods of preservation, and food safety information at 6:30 p.m at the Sacramento Branch Center, 4145 Branch Center Road. Admission is $5 payable at the door.
Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, 12:40 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).
Texas Rangers at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)