US west and Canada brace for another heatwave amid almost 70 wildfires

Combined area of blaze is about 1,562 sq miles while next heatwave expected to start on Saturday

The fourth searing heatwave in five weeks is set to strike the west of the United States and Canada this weekend, aggravating wildfires that are already ravaging an area larger than Rhode Island as drought and record-breaking temperatures tied to the climate crisis pummel the region.

As the west braces for another brutal heatwave, almost 70 active wildfires are already being fought in 12 mostly western states. The combined area of blaze is about 1,562 sq miles (4,047 sq km), according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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