Noon Hour Update: Robbers Fire continues; air quality concerns and food for families

What's happening and what we're working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal's "Noon Hour Update," where we'll present you with stories and updates on what's going on in the news and what we're working on for our Friday edition.

What we're working on: The Robbers Fire continues to grow in size and so does the number of firefighters battling the blaze. Reporter Gus Thomson is on the story and will monitor the fire and give updates throughout the day.
To view our current coverage click here, and to see our initial coverage, video and photos click here.

We're also looking into how the fire is affecting residents. Intern Michelle Read is headed to Foresthill to talk to residents evacuated from their homes.

With a large fire comes a heavy amount of smoke, which can make it difficult to breath. Reporter Amber Marra is covering the air quality issue and what residents can do to stay healthy and safe.
Getting food on the table for some families has been difficult in this current economy. Amber will be looking into what local organizations are doing to help families provide meals for their families.

In Arts & Entertainment, Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili will have a preview on the Hip-Hop Awareness Festival happening this weekend.

What you're talking about: The Robbers Fire is understandably the topic of choice today. Read our stories on the fire here and here and share your thoughts. In Opinion, our most read Letter to the Editor so far today is "Can a minority effect change?" Share you thoughts on this topic and others.

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