US: Wildfires rage in western states as temperatures soar

Wildfires rage in western states as temperatures soar
Firefighters are struggling to contain California's Beckwourth Complex fires. TRUCKEE MEADOWS FIRE & RESCUE
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Daily US Times: Wildfires are raging in the west of the US as the region is hit by a heatwave that has brought record temperatures to several areas.

Communities have been told to evacuate their residence as firefighters struggle to battle the blazes in the extreme conditions.

Two Arizona firefighters died when their aircraft crashed while responding to a wildfire.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas matched its all-time temperature high of 117F (47.2C) on Saturday.

Firefighters battling many wildfires in the region say the air is so dry that much of the water dropped by aircraft to quell the flames evaporates before it reaches the ground.

The extreme temperature soar comes just weeks after another dangerous heatwave hit North America, in which hundreds of sudden deaths were recorded, many of them suspected of being heat-related.

The region experienced its hottest June on record, according to the European Union’s Earth observation programme.

Experts say that climate change is expected to increase the frequency of temperature soar, such as heatwaves, though linking any single event to global warming is complicated.

A study by climate researchers said the heat that scorched the US and western Canada at the end of June was “virtually impossible” without climate change.

Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management paid tribute to the two “brave wildland firefighters” who died in a plane crash while performing aerial reconnaissance, command and control over the lightning-caused Cedar Basin Fire.

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