More than 50 wildfires rage amid persistently hot, dry conditions

PHOTO: In this photo provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Pawnee Fire wildfire burns northeast of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., June 24, 2018.PlayJonathan Cox/California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection via AP
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At least 52 wildfires are burning throughout the United States, mostly out West, including Alaska.

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Very hot, very dry conditions have ignited dozens of fires from Texas to Oregon to California, forcing numerous evacuations.

A red flag warning and wind advisory were issued this morning for parts of Northern California and Nevada, which may see wind gusts of up to 40 mph and relative humidity of only 5 percent.

Heat and fire alerts have been issued this morning for the region near northwest Nevada. ABC News
Heat and fire alerts have been issued this morning for the region near northwest Nevada.

Temperatures warming further in the Southwest will on exacerbate conditions for wildfires. In some parts, highs will be approaching 115 degrees.

More scorching temperatures are predicted the next few days out West. ABC News
More scorching temperatures are predicted the next few days out West.

Over the weekend, almost 400 damaging storms were reported throughout the U.S., including seven tornadoes that caused significant damage.

There were mandatory evacuations overnight in parts of Iowa because of flash flooding after a half a foot of rain fell very quickly, flooding out roads in the region.

Major cities on or near the Plains, including Oklahoma City, may see more damaging winds and hail today as well. Flood watches and warnings and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings have been issued this morning from Minnesota down to Texas.

Flood watches and warnings and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings stretch from Minnesota to Texas this morning. ABC News
Flood watches and warnings and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings stretch from Minnesota to Texas this morning.

Severe weather may occur today near Nebraska and Iowa and also in the Carolinas. The Midwest could also see more tornadoes.

Severe weather today may affect areas near Nebraska and Iowa as well as the Carolinas. ABC News
Severe weather today may affect areas near Nebraska and Iowa as well as the Carolinas.

Rainfall over the next few days may exceed 4 inches in areas stretching from the Ohio Valley to the Carolinas.

Heavy rainfall is expected through Thursday for much of the Midwest and East. ABC News
Heavy rainfall is expected through Thursday for much of the Midwest and East.