EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING

Angela Gervasi

An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Dangerous, record-busting heat is spreading across the U.S. Southwest and into parts of Utah, Montana and Wyoming. 

  

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National forests, counties and cities across northern Arizona will move to Stage II fire restrictions Friday as record drought conditions continue across the Southwest. Governor Doug Ducey yesterday declared a State of Emergency for both the Telegraph and Mescal fires, which have forced thousands to evacuate. A third large wildfire is burning north of Flagstaff.