Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Weather: Smoke from the King fire will cause widespread haze today. The high temperature in Sacramento is forecast to reach near 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. South-southeast wind around 7 mph is expected during the day, with mostly clear skies and a low around 62 tonight. South wind forecast from 8 to 10 mph at night, according to the weather service.
King fire update: As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures Friday in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive blaze appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, did not speak during the brief arraignment before Judge Gary Hahn in El Dorado Superior Court, and the next hearing was set for Oct. 28. As of Friday night, the fire has burned 76,376 acres and is 10 percent contained. Smoke from the fire has reached “hazardous” levels in many areas of the Sierra Nevada flanking Lake Tahoe and is likely to remain so through the weekend. Officials are warning all residents and visitors to avoid prolonged outdoor activities.
•Record amount of retardant used on King fire
•Fund established aids residents affected by King fire
City impresses: Major League Soccer executives who completed an intense two-day evaluation Friday of Sacramento as a potential expansion market proclaimed they were “incredibly impressed” by the city’s effort and will continue exploring it as an option in the weeks ahead.
Candidate criticized: An otherwise quiet school board election in the Natomas Unified School District took a bizarre turn this week when a letter from the district chastising one of the candidates for using obscene language on school campuses became public.
Chicken delight: The Chicken Festival returns to Old Fair Oaks with live music, carnival games, food vendors and more. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 10224 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Local sports: Pro soccer – LA Galaxy II at Sacramento Republic FC, 7:30 p.m., Bonney Field. Republic FC seeks to advance to the USL Pro finals with a win over their Southern California rivals.
College football – Menlo at Sacramento State, 6 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)
Major league baseball – Philadelphia Phillies at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 5:40 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).