This weekend, a record heatwave will hit the southwestern United States again.
A wildfire in northern California, which began due to drought, led to the evacuation of cities in Nevada adjacent to the California border, as the fire engulfed the tops of nearby mountains.
A large-scale fire that appeared due to the merger of two wildfires caused by lightning and Beckwourth continued to move northeast from the Sierra Nevada forest region on Saturday. A few days earlier, the fire area had doubled.
This is just one of the fires that are now threatening residents of western states, where ultra-high temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius will be recorded over the weekend.
On Friday, a staggering temperature of 54.4 degrees Celsius was recorded in the California Death Valley National Park. If the figures are confirmed, it will be a record high since July 1913, when the temperature reached 56.6 degrees Celsius in the same Furnace Creek desert, which was considered the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
Several large fires have already occurred in the northern mountainous regions of California, destroying more than a dozen homes. Although there are no confirmed reports of damage to buildings, the fire was followed by evacuation warnings for hundreds of homes and several campsites in California and the closure of almost 518 square kilometers of the Plumas National Forest.