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Heat wave to roast northern Rockies as wildfires continue to flare

The next heat wave is kicking into high gear across the country's northern tier, this time focused on the northern Rockies and High Plains, where temperatures will soar into the triple digits during the day. The heat won't relent for a week in some areas.

Why it matters: Extreme heat contributes to the potential for new wildfires to form, as well as extreme wildfire behavior. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon has shown this repeatedly, and is currently the largest burning wildfire in the U.S., growing to 273,582 acres. It is only 22% contained, per InciWeb.

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