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Daniel Swain in The Los Angeles Times — ‘If you think it’s bad now, just wait’: California faces new fire threats, further straining resources

The forecast is not encouraging. This upcoming heat event is on track to be “major, prolonged and potentially record-breaking,” according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. It appears Central California through southern Oregon will see the “most anomalously hot” temperatures, Swain wrote on Twitter, as well as “very dry air and modest offshore flow.”

“This will create very elevated fire weather conditions once again,” he said, “which will aggravate existing fires and be conducive to new starts.” Swain said the heat wave would likely last through the first week of October — an ominous forecast given how bone-dry California remains.