Last week featured one of the worst June heat waves in decades across the West, shattering hundreds of daily records, as well as several all-time hottest temperatures recorded for the month.
Death Valley soared to a blistering 128 degrees, and Denver saw a rare hat trick of three 100-degree days in a row.
Tucson saw eight straight days of temperatures 110 degrees or higher, breaking the record for the number of consecutive days above that barrier and making it the city’s hottest week. Phoenix endured a record-setting six straight days of temperatures 115 or higher.
All of this heat contributed to a high fire danger which came to fruition over the weekend when multiple blazes broke out in several Western states including California, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon.