This year's ferocious wildfires on the US West Coast are taking a heavy toll on exhausted firefighters who see no end in sight to the blazes, with the coronavirus pandemic adding another layer of risk.
Who said criminals and thieves are not scared of COVID-19? Today, three robbers made sure they wore their face masks, and sanitized their hands, before pulling out their guns to rob a jewelry store in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Intense heat, parched conditions and high winds fueled record-shattering wildfires and strained the electrical grid across much of California on Monday, forcing the Forest Service to close eight national forests.
Lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California exploded in size Friday to become some of the largest in the western US state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes and other structures as reinforcements began arriving to help weary firefighters.
One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached on Sunday afternoon at Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert where it soared to 130°F (54.4°C).
California plans to release roughly 8,000 non-violent offenders from state prisons, seeking to relieve pressure on a chronically overcrowded correctional system that’s now struggling with a spike in coronavirus cases.