A heat wave bringing critical and extreme fire weather is arriving as California and Oregon wildfires continue to rage

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You may have heard about California’s Ferguson Fire, which has killed one firefighter and is threatening to spread into Yosemite National Park. But a series of other fires, sparked by lighting to the north, are also raging.

And now, thousands of firefighters struggling to contain the blazes must contend with a heat wave descending on the region.

In the image above, acquired today (Monday, July 23) by NASA’s Terra satellite, look for a thick pall of smoke in the lower right quadrant. Th

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