• California Heat Wave In California Hampers Efforts To Put Out Raging Fires

A firefighter douses flames as the Creek Fire pushes near homes in Madera County, California, on Sept. 7, 2020.
A firefighter douses flames as the Creek Fire pushes near homes in Madera County, California, on Sept. 7, 2020.
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Strong winds and extreme heat are threatening to hamper efforts to contain more than 20 wildfires in California.

The BBC's Peter Bowes reports.

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With temperatures hitting a record high of 49 Celsius in the Los Angeles area over the weekend, conditions are ripe for wildfires to spread rapidly.

Near the city of San Bernardino to the east of L.A., a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used for a photo opportunity at a baby gender reveal party has been blamed for sparking a huge blaze in the area.

The organizers of the party could face charges.

Weather forecasters are warning there could be worst to come with strong hot winds due to engulf the region late on Tuesday.

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Wildfires in California have burned more than 2 million acres so far this year.

Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the most striking thing about the record is how early it was set as September and October are historically the worst months for blazes.

The previous high was 1.96 million acres burned in 2018.

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