Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Wind warning: For firefighters the weather may take a turn for the worse before getting better with a red flag wind warning issued for this afternoon by the National Weather Service for the King fire area. The weather service is forecasting a change that may help Wednesday night and Thursday: the possibility of rain in both the Sierra and the flatlands. Sacramento’s weather today is predicted to be sunny with a breeze, high of about 86 degrees.
King fire: Nearly 7,000 firefighters continue to battle the King Fire in El Dorado County. The fire had consumed nearly 88,000 acres, 10 homes and 22 other structures by Monday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Another 12,000 homes and 9,000 smaller buildings remain threatened by the fire, which was 18 percent contained Monday.
Working together: The Sacramento Taxpayers Association is working with local school districts to reduce the cost of building and renovating schools, as well as financing the bonds to pay for the work. They recently dubbed the effort the Better Ways to Build Schools initiative. The STA also plans to help raise money for bond campaigns, so districts don’t have to take money from businesses that would stand to profit from the construction of schools or the sale of the bonds to build them.
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Highway delays: Motorists using Highway 50 should expect delays, closures and detours of the Watt Avenue off-ramps each night through Friday. Crews will intermittently close interchange off- and on-ramps for pavement striping, the installation of safety rails and other work starting at 10 p.m. and concluding at 5 a.m. The work is expected to improve the overall functioning of the intersection.
College fair: The Twin Rivers Unified School District will host a college fair for seniors at 9 a.m. today at Rio Linda High School, 6309 Dry Creek Road. More than 40 colleges and universities will be represented. Information about admission requirements and financial aid will be available.