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Heat wave grips west

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 12, 2002

New records for heat continued to be set Friday as many western states cooked in 100+ degree temperatures. California - with its power supply straining -- saw temperatures of 112 degrees Friday. Triple-digit temperatures were expected to stick through the weekend.

Officials in California and Utah urged residents to conserve power.

Fire danger was high Friday as low humidity, scorching heat, and dry lightning storms crept across Oregon, the southern Sierra, eastern Washington, southern Idaho, and northern Nevada. Red flag fire warnings were posted from north of Los Angeles to Portland, OR.

The heat created dangerous smog in large areas, sparking advisories for people with respiratory problems who were warned to stay indoors. The heat taxed rural areas, too, with dairy farmers forced to spray down cows to cool them off.


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