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Extreme heat, wildfires sweep across US

Over 146 million Americans are under extreme heat alerts as dangerous weather sparks new wildfires, according to media reports.

A severe heat wave has shattered temperature records across the western US and is linked to four deaths in Oregon, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Salem hit 103F (39.4C) on Sunday, breaking the previous record of 99F (37.2C) set in 1960.

Authorities in Multnomah County are investigating four suspected heat-related deaths, according to The Guardian.

Excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service cover parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, while heat advisories extend to the east coast, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Firefighters are battling numerous new blazes ignited by the extreme heat. As of Monday, 73 large active fires were burning across the country, covering nearly half a million acres.


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