Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Post rainstorm weather: That quick-hitting rainstorm washed the sidewalks clean of summer’s dust and left us eager for more precipitation. But that won’t happen any time soon. Friday night high school football games and the Saturday night Republic FC soccer game won’t likely be rained out, according to the National Weather Service. A few clouds, maybe, but no rain. And the days will be autumnal delights with highs in the 70s forecast through Sunday for Sacramento.
Water from sky, reservoirs helps: Rain clouds that blew in Thursday from the Pacific Ocean helped firefighters make substantial progress on the King fire, with the huge blaze declared more than half contained for the first time since it started nearly two weeks ago. The drenching showers, cooler air and high humidity that accompanied the first rains of fall alleviated the bone-dry drought conditions that allowed the fire to race through the rugged river canyons of the Sierra Nevada. By Thursday evening, authorities said the 95,347-acre fire was 55 percent contained. Firefighting crews have had no trouble finding enough water to battle the King fire, despite the drought. But they have had to get creative at times because of very low water levels in many mountain creeks.
Fork it over, soccer fans: The 8,000 tickets available for the Sacramento Republic FC’s match Saturday against the Harrisburg City Islanders from Pennsylvania were snapped up in minutes, putting the game in competition with the city’s Farm-to-Fork dinner on the Tower Bridge on Sunday for having the hottest ticket in town.
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Helping pedestrians: In his Back-seat Driver column, Tony Bizjak writes that Sacramento officials are writing up a guide this fall that they and neighborhood residents can use to determine what strategies are best to make the city safer for walking. That includes pedestrian islands, tighter car lanes, flashing crosswalk lights and a fancy new device that just swooped into town called a HAWK.
Local suds in Sac: As part of Sacramento’s Farm to Fork week, the California Auto Museum, Hops to Table magazine and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting the Sacramento Fresh Hops Beer Fest from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The event, to be held at the auto museum, 2200 Front St. in Sacramento, will feature the offerings of more than 25 breweries, many of them from the Sacramento Valley.
Beware, Rancho Cordova motorists: The Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a seven-hour DUI/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 7 p.m. today at an undisclosed location with the city limits. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to police officials.
Local sports: High school football – Read “Five Games to Watch” by The Bee’s Joe Davidson.
Granite Bay at Folsom, 7 p.m. (Sacramento Access TV)
Woodcreek at Oak Ridge, 7:15 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)
Vista del Lago at Placer, 7:30 p.m. (KAHI 950)
Major League Baseball – Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers, 5:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140)
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).