Noon Hour Update: State parks affected by wildfire; Robbers Fire coverage; lawsuit against US Forest Service; bank robbery suspect arrested

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 Wednesday edition.

Robbers Fire update: Fire crews have gotten a better hand on the Robbers Fire, increasing containment to 50 percent. Fire officials are also looking into the possibility of letting residents who were evacuated return to their homes. See our latest update and previous coverage on the Robbers Fire here.

View our photo gallery from Monday's Robbers Fire coverage here.

What we're working on: The Robbers Fire continues to be a focus for our editorial staff today. Reporter Gus Thomson will be updating readers on the story all day, and will have more coverage in Wednesday's paper.

With the fire ravaging canyon land and billowing smoke into the air, what is the impact to outdoor recreation areas? Reporter Sara Seyydin will be looking into how the Robbers Fire is affecting the Auburn State Recreation Area. She'll be investigating whether campgrounds are closed and what hiking trails might be off limits due to the blaze.
Sara will also be reporting on the unique story of a man who has been arrested in connection to bank robberies in the Sacramento region after he confessed his involvement to the staff of the Auburn Journal.

The Pacific Legal Foundation held a press conference in Auburn today to announce its lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for illegally closing off more then 800 miles of roads and trails that have been used by off-road motorized recreational vehicle users. Reporter Amber Marra will have a story on the lawsuit.

Summertime always lends itself to summer reading. Journal Intern Kylea Scott will have a report on local summer reading programs and what people are picking up to read.
Do you need to change the oil on your car every 3,000 miles? Kylea will look into this issue and see if it's a myth or a truth.

What you're talking about: The card skimmer being found at the US Bank ATM in Auburn has readers sharing their thoughts on the situation. Our piece on the Safe Body Art Act is also receiving opinions from our readers. Check out these stories and others and share your opinions.

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