Wildfires and record-breaking heat hit parts of the Western US

Ginger Zee tracks the major heatwave which is making the region's megadrought worse.
2:45 | 06/15/21

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We turn to that record-breaking heat. Temperatures in the west have climbed to the triple digits with heat fueling several large ginger is live in Arizona. Good morning, ginger. Reporter: You know, George, this is all-time record heat we're talking about not just for June, but ever. Santa fe, New Mexico tied their record just yesterday, and we could see three dozen daily record highs. When it's this hot, it bakes the soil and foliage, and wild fir danger soars. This morning, wildfires and record heat smothering the west. Skies in Ventura county, California, a haunting gray filling with smoke from the towering flames engulfing the hillside beneath. The golden state suffered its most destructive fire season in history last year, and this year we're off to a wicked start. Twice the acreage burned so far this year at the same time in 2020. In Riverside county overnight, evacuations ordered for the flats fire. The flames quickly spreading to over 400 acres. Southern California continues to face unprecedented times as wildfires destroy property and take lives year after year. This year is no different. Reporter: The skies eerily thick with smoke over Arizona too. The telegraph fire burning now for 11 days has already destroyed more than 20 structures including homes, and overnight raucous winds and low humidity fueled the spread. This man just one of the many here being forced to evacuate his home. That fire was fueling the area and we were told to grab your shirt and leave. Leave your animals and we weren't able to send trailers in to help them this morning on the fire. Reporter: And in Texas, the sweltering heat topping 100 a large number of power plants unexpectedly taken offline for maintenance. You'll remember the em battled energy reliability of Texas. They're trying to prevent another collapse of the power grid like the one they saw this past winter. Telling people please dial back energy consumption. Already this month, there have been numerous forced outages in a near record Mand for electricity. And the map is plastered with heat warnings, and just a reminder, we're not just looking at fire. We've got tropical storms. Yes, all the way from the gulf to just off of the coast of Africa right there off the atlantic. Tropical storm bill formed officially. It is paralleling and then moving away from land, high surf, rip currents going to be a problem there, and in just a bit, I'll tell you what's going to happen with that area in the gulf. And we will get back to you in just a bit. Okay, ginger. Thank you.

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