A record heat wave is scorching California, where about two dozen wildfires are currently burning. Nearly 15,000 firefighters are battling steep terrain and extremely dry conditions as they struggle to control the raging infernos. On Sunday, temperatures in Los Angeles County reached 121 degrees. Amna Nawaz reports and talks to Leah Stokes of the University of California, Santa Barbara.That reading of 121oF was recorded in Woodland Hills, where I grew up. Here is the official notification from the National Weather Service, which the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted on September 6th.
Follow over the jump for how commercial network television covered the story.
ABC News had more footage and reporting from the fire scenes in More than 2 dozen wildfires burning in California | WNT.
A gender-reveal photo shoot allegedly caused one of this weekend's destructive wildfires in California, according to firefighters.CBS Los Angeles had more on the blaze started at a gender reveal party in Homes Destroyed, Evacuations Remain For El Dorado Fire Sparked By Pyrotechnics.
Firefighters Monday continued to battle the El Dorado Fire — which was sparked during a heat wave Saturday when a family attempted to stage a gender reveal photo in Yucaipa using pyrotechnics — and then exploded to more than 8,000 acres, destroying several homes and forcing hundreds to flee.Because of the devastation, this incident might be enough to make gender reveal parties unfashionable. Otherwise, words fail me.
To close, I recommend my readers click on Vox and Verge Science on California's year-round fire season for more on how climate change and development patterns are making fire season both longer and more severe in the U.S. west, especially in California. As I wrote then, welcome to the 400 ppm world.