It's the time of the year many Californians dread. This year a crippeling heatwave boosted by heavy humidity is riveling the deadly seven-day heatwave event of 2006 with no let-up in the near future. It was during the deadly 2006 heatwave that Los Angeles County recorded its all-time highest temperature: 119 degrees F (48.5 deg C) in Woodland Hills on July 22 killing an estimated 450 people. Two million Californians had to manage without power over the weekend after California Independent System Operator said it had ordered utility companies to turn off power as demand for electricity to cool homes soared beyond the power available in the grid.
And, bang on schedule the wildfire nightmare has arrived. As of Wednesday night, the LNU complex of fires had burned largely unchecked across 124,000 acres (50,000 hectares), with zero containment, destroying at least 105 homes and other structures and leaving another 70 damaged, CalFire said. Several of the fires had merged by nightfall.