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Morning Briefing: Lightning, Fires And Heat Waves

Firefighters work to extinguish hotspots from the Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest on August 13, 2020. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)
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At the moment, in case you hadn’t noticed, California is under a number of weather-related strains. There are the 100-plus degree temperatures here in SoCal, the lightning strikes up north, and the hundreds of fires burning across the state.

Unsurprisingly, then, some of the state’s resources are being taxed. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that officials expect residents to use almost 10,000 more watts of power some days this week than is typical, which was the reason for the mandated power outages over the weekend. It’s also the reason authorities are asking all of us to do our part by keeping energy use down during the peak hours of 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, Cal Fire is also feeling the pressure. The department has 6,900 firefighters currently deployed to battle the blazes throughout the state, and recently reached out to other firefighting units across the U.S. for backup.

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These incidents, and their proposed solutions, are just more reminders that human beings aren’t meant to brave the world in silos; we do need each other to survive.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

P.S. Wear a mask.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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City Hall Scandal: Suspended L.A. City Councilman José Huizar will be waiting a while for his corruption trial, as a federal judge ordered a new start date of June 22, 2021.

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California’s Resources: This week’s high temperatures have put pressure on the state's energy supply. Among the more surprising recommendations from LADWP to save energy are to turn off pool pumps, and not charge electric vehicles between 3 and 10 p.m. Cal Fire’s resources are at risk of being depleted as massive blazes continue to burn throughout the state.

Photo Of The Day

A Riverside firefighter at the Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest.

(Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

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