Burning California: State Battling Extreme Heat and Devastating Fires

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  • California is experiencing a heat wave with triple-digit temperatures and an increased risk of wildfires.
  • Central and southern parts of California are expected to have the hottest weather of the year, with temperatures above 100 degrees (37.7 C) and desert areas reaching 120 degrees (48.8 C).
  • An excessive heat watch is in effect for interior Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
  • The National Weather Service advises people to plan accordingly, avoid hiking or prolonged outdoor activities, and shift work hours to the early morning.
  • Employers are reminded to provide water, shade, and regular breaks for outdoor workers.
  • Over 111 million people across the US, mostly in the Southwest, are under extreme heat advisories, watches, and warnings.
  • The heat wave is especially dangerous for vulnerable populations such as the elderly and homeless.
  • California’s wildfire season is intensifying with several blazes erupting across the state.
  • Global climate change is exacerbating heat waves, according to Secretary Wade Crowfoot of the Natural Resources Agency.
  • California has implemented a $400 million extreme heat action plan to protect workers and assist local communities in opening cooling centers.
  • The state’s power system has been fortified and is expected to withstand the heat wave, with increased battery storage capacity for renewable energy.
  • Batteries are charged during the day with solar power and dispatched in the evening to meet high demand and compensate for diminishing solar capacity.

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