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Wildfires Explode Across California Amid Record Heat Wave

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Seen in a long exposure photograph, embers burn along a hillside as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
Seen in a long exposure photograph, embers burn along a hillside as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
Photo: Noah Berger (AP)

If you haven’t already heard, California is on fire. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for the disaster unfurling. The state is in the middle of a dramatic heat wave, which is fueling more than 30 wildfires burning across the state. The situation appears to be going from bad to worse.

The madness kicked off this past weekend with rolling blackouts right as people cranked up their air conditioning to deal with the heat. Just when you’d think things couldn’t get worse than losing power during a heat wave, the National Weather Service issued its first-ever tornado warning for a fire-induced twister. If you were still unsure, 2020 is now officially the year hell took over Earth. Unfortunately, the state’s weather conditions aren’t getting any better, which is exacerbating this precarious situation.

Nearly 100,000 acres of land are burning throughout the state with the SCU Lightning Complex Fire near San Jose and LNU Lightning Complex Fire near Napa the largest ones at the moment. Both are have burned upwards of 32,000 acres with about zero containment. The LNU Lightning Complex Fire even destroyed a camera the state depends on to monitor fires, and its final fiery broadcast was captured in the image below. These events have prompted evacuation orders throughout the regions, including at least 22,000 people in the vicinity of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties alone.

Meanwhile, there are some 37,000 people, per CNN, who remain without power. These conditions are terrifying, to say the least. Without power, families may struggle to stay tuned in to how the situation continues to unfold around them and evacuation notices may be easier to miss. When a wildfire is bearing down, every minute of notice is critical.

The wildfires have caused air quality to deteriorate, too. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued an alert on Tuesday banning residents from burning any wood or solid fuel indoors and outdoors through Wednesday. The region is experiencing “elevated levels of particulate pollution,” the district reported, and any further burning would worsen the air quality. Air pollution comes with health consequences, but this year it’s even more urgent with the coronavirus pandemic creating a new respiratory health crisis. Some studies have found evidence that air pollution can heighten the risk of death in those sick with the virus, and California is currently dealing with one of the worst outbreaks in the U.S.

The horror unfolding in California is closely tied with rising global temperatures, which increase the odds of large, destructive wildfires. The state has seen a number of destructive wildfire seasons recently, including 2018 that saw the most destructive and largest fires in state history. What’s more, these fires are further contributing to the crisis. Each forest that burns emits more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

While the state can adapt to a degree, that would provide some temporary relief from the flames. The true solution is reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally. But even then, we’re living in a new era of large wildfires. In California’s case, residents may have to face the reality that it’s too dangerous to build (or rebuild) homes at the wildfire-urban interface.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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