Extreme heat and wildfires on the west coast threaten California’s electricity grid
Heat wave hits western US as Oregon wildfires rage
A punitive heat wave was once again expected to bring near-record high temperatures to many parts of the western United States on Monday, as a wildfire raged uncontrollably in drought-stricken Oregon. The so-called Bootleg Fire had burned more than 150,000 acres by Monday morning, and crews made little progress in containing the blaze. The flames burned along a high-voltage electrical corridor connecting Oregon’s power grid with that of California, worrying officials in both states that power could be cut to thousands of homes and businesses. Hundreds of residents in the Klamath Falls area of south-central Oregon were under mandatory evacuation orders, and county officials said police had started issuing citations for them. enforce and would consider the unusual step of making arrests if necessary. In California, scorching 120-degree Fahrenheit temperatures over the weekend at Joshua Tree National Park failed to ward off visitors, including a newlywed couple from New Jersey. like it’s hot, it’s never been so hot. We have the impression of being in an oven. Yeah, actually the air is hot. It is so hot. Even visitors to typically hot climates were surprised by the sweltering heat. 32 YEAR OLD TOURIST FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ARISMENDE HERNANDEZ: “Well, I came from the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic, a very hot country, and it’s still hot for me, so I’m doing my best. ” Monday’s forecast comes a day after California’s Death Valley hit a scorching 130 degrees Fahrenheit, one of the highest temperatures on Earth ever. The unusual heat wave, triggered by a persistent high pressure system, is already the third for the region this year, an anomaly some experts have attributed to climate change.