- LAST MINUTE: A new heat wave threatens the US.
- The previous heat wave left hundreds of deaths throughout the southwest of the country.
- A warning was issued for many Americans.
Faced with a new heat wave, a serious warning is issued in the US. A new extreme heat wave hits the southwestern United States, with the temperature in places like Las Vegas reaching historical levels, just after one of the hottest Junes ever recorded in the country, points out Efe.
The temperature at McCarran International Airport, which serves Las Vegas, reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius) on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service cited by Efe. Temperatures could linger throughout the week, forecasters warned according to USA Today.
New heat wave threatens the US
The climate of the new heat wave could be the same as the one that struck two weeks ago in the US and Canada, leaving hundreds of dead and wildfires, according to USA Today. In the desert of Death Valley in southern California, the thermometer reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.2 degrees Celsius).
“This time, the core of high pressure and heat has anchored further south and allowed excessive heat to build up across the region,” revealed Adam Douty, meteorologist for AccuWeather. National Weather Service issued a serious warning.
Millions on alert for the new extreme heat wave in the US
Another potentially record hot day is in store for parts of the western US today. Heat-related illnesses can sneak up on you, ”the National Weather Service said on its official account. Twitter.
As of Monday, 13 million people were under alert for the new excessive heat wave, according to the National Weather Service quoted by USA Today. The extreme weather is overwhelming electricity grids causing the authorities to ask to control energy consumption.
They warn “very high risk of heat”
In total, more than 30 million people were in areas with excessive heat alerts in Nevada, California and western Arizona and Utah, Efe said. “Very high risk of heat for today due to the combination of mild temperatures at night and highs expected at noon,” warned the meteorological service in California.
According to forecasts, these temperatures will remain until next Wednesday, and will progressively decrease towards the end of the week. As a consequence, California and Nevada authorities have advised citizens to reduce energy consumption to avoid system failures.
Extreme heat leaves ‘hellish’ fires in the US
This heat wave comes shortly after areas of the northwestern United States and western Canada suffered a similar one, in cities such as Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington) and Vancouver (Canadian British Columbia), where it is much more unusual. record these high temperatures.
An active fire in California (USA) has so far burned almost 36,400 hectares, three times the area of the city of San Francisco, thus becoming the largest forest fire so far this year in that state, reported this Monday the US Forest Service.
Brutal fires in the US are advancing rapidly
This rapid-burning fire is affecting the Plumas National Forest, in the extreme north of the Sierra Nevada, near the city of Beckwourth, about 80 kilometers northwest of Lake Tahoe, Efe reported. According to the latest official report, this fire caused by lightning has been contained by only 20%.
During this weekend the fire moved rapidly and reached a state highway near the city of Doyle, where it burned at least six structures. Another fire near Yosemite National Park that has been 5% contained.
Extreme weather causes more fires
It has also burned more than 1,600 acres since Sunday night, according to the latest update from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). In total, and according to Cal Fire figures, more than 4,100 fires have occurred so far this year.
In that western US state, the fires have raged, despite the fact that the traditionally complicated months in terms of fires, October and November, have not yet arrived, says Efe. That’s about 500 more fires than in the same period last year in California.
‘Hell’ heat records in the US
Although fewer hectares have been burned so far, the fires worry many. California experienced the worst year in its history in 2020 in terms of number of fires and burned area, as more than four million acres burned, which is 1,618,742 hectares.
According to the Cal Fire, the state suffered more than 9,900 fires last year, nearly 10,500 structures were damaged, and 33 fire-related deaths were confirmed. To cope with the season ahead, Joe Biden took action that would benefit thousands.
Biden Announces Fire Action
US President Joe Biden recently announced a temporary increase in the salary of firefighters hired by the federal government to a minimum of $ 15 an hour, in an attempt to contain the impact of the fires in the west of the country, Efe said.
Firefighters struggled Monday to fight raging fires in California and Oregon as a heat wave puts intense pressure on the region’s power grid. A column of fire has burned about 348 square kilometers (134 square miles) on the border with Nevada, AP notes.
Fires in the middle of an intense heat wave
In Oregon, the fire covered 580 square kilometers (224 square miles) in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near the town of Sprague River. The flames affected electrical service that provides 5,500 megawatts to neighboring California, according to The Associated Press.
In Washington, a fire spanned 155 square kilometers (60 square miles), while in Idaho, Governor Brad Little dispatched the National Guard. The fires occur amid a devastating heat wave that affects the entire western United States, amid one of the worst droughts ever seen in that region.
Flames force road closures
On Sunday, firefighters endured temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) but made headway against the fire between California and Nevada. Flames on Saturday night forced the closure of Highway 395, near the town of Doyle in California.
The road was reopened on Sunday, but authorities asked drivers for caution as there were still sources of fire in some sections, notes The Associated Press. “Don’t stop to take photos,” Fire Chief Jake Cagle asked. “If they stop to look at what is happening, they will prevent us from doing our job.”
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