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A.M. Brief: L.A. County Breaks Heat Record on Sunday

September 7, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Morning sun Los Angeles River
Morning sun on the LA River. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Record-breaking heat, more power outages, and an absurd cause to the El Dorado fire. It’s too hot to mince words, so let’s just get straight to the rundown.

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According to the National Weather Service, the 121 degree temperature reading recorded in Woodland Hills on Sunday was the highest ever in the County of Los Angeles. It’s also higher than any temperature ever recorded in neighboring Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. An excessive heat warning remains in effect through Monday, although temperatures in most parts of L.A. County are only expected to hit the mid to upper 90s. [CNN]

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With the heat warning still ongoing, and following the death of a 41-year hiker on Saturday, trails in the Santa Monica Mountains will be shut down through Labor Day. The City of Burbank is also closing the Wildwood Canyon and Stough Canyon hiking trails through Tuesday. [LA Mag]

As of this morning, The El Dorado Fire near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County has burned more than 7,000 acres and forced an evacuation of more than 3,000 residents. Last night, Cal Fire took to Twitter to reveal the fire’s cause: a smoke generating pyrotechnic device which was used for a gender reveal party. Yikes. [Twitter]

As expected, the heatwave put our city’s power grid under heavy pressure over the weekend, leaving thousands of Angelenos without power. As of early Monday morning, some 45,000 LADWP customers were still without electricity. [CBS Los Angeles]

A Saturday afternoon march in protest over the fatal shooting of Dijon Kizzee ended in a violent flourish, with flash grenades and pepper balls fired at demonstrators who had gathered at a South Los Angeles sheriff’s station. An LASD spokesperson told the L.A. Times that the deputies fired the non-lethal rounds after protestors first threw rocks and bottles at them. [LAist]

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