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Dire fire warnings issued in wake of record heatwave in Canada, U.S

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By Moira Warburton and Sergio Olmos VANCOUVER/PORTLAND (Reuters) -A heat wave that has scorched much of western Canada and the U.S. Northwest eased on Wednesday after smashing record high temperatures throughout the region this week, but officials were still bracing for more sizzling temperatures and the threat of wildfires. Deaths soared in the Canadian Pacific coast province of British Columbia in recent days. Cities in the U.S. states of Washington and Oregon shattered all-time highs for temperature for days. U.S. officials blamed the heat for a handful of deaths. In Canada, at least 233 pe…

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