Noon Hour Update: Robbers Fire updates; card skimmer in Auburn bank ATM; saving pets from the fire 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 Tuesday edition.

Robbers Fire update: Currently the Robbers Fire, which started Wednesday, has burned more than 2,500 acres and destroyed one home and four outbuildings so far. Go here to read our latest update on the fire and past reports and see videos.

What we're working on: The Journal editorial staff continues its focus on the Robbers Fire, including the growth of the blaze, who's battling it and what it's costing taxpayers.
Reporter Gus Thomson will be updating readers on the story all day, and will have more coverage in Tuesday's paper.

At around 3 p.m. on Sunday a customer at US Bank, 700 High St., Auburn, discovered that an electronic card skimming device had been installed on the bank's ATM. Reporter Sara Seyydin will have a story on the investigation by the Auburn Police Department.
Sara will also be looking into the other sources of fire support that are being used to combat the Robbers Fire. She'll look into how inmate fire crews and the California Conservation Corps play a role in fighting large wild land fires.

Journal intern Kylea Scott is heading over to the Gold Country Fairgrounds, staging site for battling the Robbers Fire, to look into how people are helping those evacuated take care of members of their family - their pets.

With more than 8,000 families in Placer County having had trouble putting food on the table during the recession, local agencies are looking to help people out. Reporter Amber Marra will have a story on how this is getting done.

What you're talking about: The Robbers Fire continues to be a topic of discussion among Auburn Journal readers. The editorial "Our View: Seeing fire crews in action money well spent," has received plenty of reader feedback so far today, as has the story "Fire near Foresthill grows to 2,400 acres, 30 percent contained." Click on these and our latest updates and share your thoughts on the fire.

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