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Brutal heat wave persists in U.S. West as Oregon wildfire rages

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By Sergio Olmos PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) -The U.S. West endured a fourth day of scorching heat on Monday as temperatures again threatened to shatter records, major wildfires burned nearly unchecked in drought-stricken Oregon and power grids strained under the pressure. The National Weather Service said the heat wave that brought temperatures of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius) to California’s Death Valley on Sunday had likely peaked, with more moderate temperatures expected by the end of the week. “However, excessive heat warnings remain in effect from California to Utah since readings will …

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