Jul 7, 2018

Fires rage in California amid record heat, thousands without power

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Record-shattering heat in California is sparking fires across the southern part of the state, the L.A. Times reports, causing hundreds to evacuate.

The latest: Per the Times, the holiday fire has destroyed 10-20 homes and has put upwards of 100 others at risk along the Santa Barbara County coast. The fire was still being fought on Saturday.

Multiple cities broke heat records on Friday, the Times reports. Los Angeles hit 108 degrees, and Ramona, in San Diego County, and Woodland Hills reached 115 degrees.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted on Friday that hundreds of homes had no power — or air conditioning to fight the heat: "It's 111 degrees. All-time record heat is straining the electrical grid."

  • At least one person has been killed, the Associated Press reported.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County, per the AP.

Flashback: Wildfires tore through California last year, destroying thousands of homes and structures and forcing thousands to evacuate.

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.