While more than 3,000 firefighters try to get handle on the wildfire, more than 57 square miles of steep, rugged terrain have already burned. The massive plumes of smoke can be seen from space. It was 116 degrees in Phoenix, 119 in Palm Springs and 107 in Riverside, California, where there have been six heat-related deaths since July 7. California’s power grid operators called on customers to conserve energy during the evening hours or risk widespread power outages.
On the other side of the country, some parts of the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic have already seen nearly a foot of rain, with more to come. Day four of rain and flash flooding have closed roads and caused rivers to overflow. A flood watch remains in effect through Wednesday as torrential rains continue. In Baltimore, days of severe weather caused road closures as flood waters lapped streets. In Charlotte, North Carolina, emergency crews conducted rescues for occupants trapped in a local business after a creek spilled over its banks.
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