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Heat deaths are edging up in Arizona's largest county during an unusually hot, early start to the state's sizzling summer. 


Officials in Arizona’s largest county are investigating 53 suspected heat deaths during a weeklong hot spell earlier this month.


Authorities say an Illinois man has died during a hike in Grand Canyon National Park.

Ross D. Franklin | Associated Press

After five consecutive days of 115-plus degree heat, the Phoenix metro area is expected to get some cooler weather this week.

But there’s no break from wildfires that continue to grow around Arizona.

Fire officials blame extreme heat for the spread of a wildfire that has grown to nearly 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) near Strawberry and Pine, mountain towns east of Interstate 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits.