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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

California’s Blistering Heat Wave Sparks Wildfires, Worsens Drought

Update 2:24 p.m.: Brush fire forces evacuation of some housing, school at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

Evacuation orders have been lifted and more than 20,000 residents in and around San Diego have returned home, as the wildfire that flared up near the heavily populated Rancho Bernardo area of the city calmed overnight.

Another wildfire, 250 miles north in Santa Barbara County, is challenging firefighters who are battling the blaze through rough terrain, heavy brush and downed power lines.

The wildfires are the latest symptom of the blisteringly hot temperatures and ongoing drought in California, with temperatures expected to hit 100 this week in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, and rise even higher inland. Even breezy San Francisco is expected to surpass it’s 88 degree record, set way back in 1922.

Meteorologist Rick Dickert of Fox 11 Morning News in Los Angeles discusses the forecast and wildfires with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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