More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires burning in California, officials said on Sunday, making them among the worst ever in the most populous US state.
The death toll rose to six after a person was killed in a new fire south of Montrrey.
Responders were shifting to damage assessment for the Valley and Butte fires, which have each burned more than 70,000 acres (28,000 hectares), as they were approximately half and 70 per cent contained, respectively.
Mandatory evacuations for the Butte fire, burning about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Sacramento, were lifted Sunday, as were evacuations for some areas affected by the Valley fire, north of Napa Valley’s wine country.
The 2015 Sierra Nevada snowpack is at a 500-year record low
Summer crops in central Europe in poor condition following extremely hot weather
Earth's record streak - of record heat - keeps on sizzling
The Planet Is Going To Have Its Hottest Year on Record
Mighty Mammoths Fell Prey to Rapidly Warming Earth
Study ranks US cities based on the urban heat island effect on temperatures
This study, published in the journal Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, identifies Salt Lake City, Miami and Louisville as the top three urban heat island cities in the U.S. Sydney will be bad. [Note: I heard it said that extra CO2 is greening the Sahara - well maybe but massive dust-storms and 140-degree temps are happening as well. At least when we want a cup of tea, all we'll have to do is walk down to the ocean.