5 Things To Know Before You Go

Here are the five things to know before you go for Friday, July 12, 2019:

#1 Multiple grass fires spark along Highway 180 near downtown Fresno

Investigators are looking into what's sparked a series of fires along State Route 180 in Downtown Fresno.

The most recent fire happened overnight and shot flames high into the air right around on southbound Highway 99 near the westbound 180 on-ramp.

The fire comes just hours after a similar fire on the other side of Highway 180, threatened several homes.

Caltrans is now using sprinklers to moisten the grass to help try and avoid future grass fires.

#2 Man killed in off-roading accident at Oceano Dunes

State park officials say there's been another death at Oceano Dunes.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports that an Arizona man was thrown from his motorcycle.

This is the fifth death at the Dunes since April, and it comes on the same day the California Coastal Committee met to discuss the potential for future rule changes at the park.

#3 R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal charges including child pornography, racketeering in 2 indictments

Singer R-Kelly is back behind bars after an arrest in Chicago on federal child pornography and obstruction of justice charges.

The pop star was arrested yesterday on a 13-count indictment.

He already faces several other sex-related felony charges in Illinois and Chicago, all of which he denies.

#4 Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigning amid criticism over Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case

The Labor Secretary, Alex Acosta, announced he is resigning from his post.

The resignation comes after he came under intense scrutiny more than a decade ago for his role in brokering a plea deal for New York financier Jeffrey E. Epstein in a sex crimes case.

Epstein was arrested earlier this week, accused of underage sex trafficking.

#5 New Orleans braces for possible Hurricane Barry as outer bands hit southeastern Louisiana

Tropical storm Barry's wind and rain are starting to hit Louisiana.

Residents in New Orleans and other nearby coastal communities are bracing for what's expected to be the first hurricane of the season.

Thousands are scrambling to sandbag and evacuate with many areas already experiencing flooding.