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  • Fires destroy homes and spark mass evacuations amid Southern California heat wave

    Fires destroy homes and spark mass evacuations amid Southern California heat wave

    Record heat sparked several destructive brush fires across Southern California that burned numerous homes in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. Powerful sundowner winds on the Santa Barbara County coast helped fuel the Holiday fire, which burned several homes Friday night in the hills above...

  • Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions

    Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions

    Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings ever recorded. Among the places that set all-time records were Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114), UCLA (111), Santa Ana (114) and Ramona (115), according to...

  • Brush fires fueled by high heat, winds slam San Diego County

    Brush fires fueled by high heat, winds slam San Diego County

    Fueled by scorching heat and strong winds, several brush fires encircled San Diego County on Friday, incinerating multiple structures and forcing the evacuation of 2,400 people. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County, saying that the largest fire in Alpine, near Interstate...

  • Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'

    Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'

    Record-breaking heat is descending on Southern California on Friday, bringing new fire dangers as well as health concerns for people who have to endure the conditions. “Today will be one for the record books. Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall today. It is likely that several...

  • Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

    Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

    A dangerous heat wave is expected to hit Southern California this weekend, with the warmest temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service said. An excessive-heat watch is in effect for much of southwestern California for those days, the weather service said. Temperatures...

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