El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires

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El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires

New Mexico, Arizona and central California left parched and vulnerable
A helicopter drops water on a wildfire burning along the foothills above Brookridge Road in Duarte, Calif., Monday, June 20. Police in the city of Azusa and parts of Duarte ordered hundreds of homes evacuated. Others were under voluntary evacuations.
Lakeside firefighter Joe Vasquez watches as large flames burn next to a home on Highway 94 south of Potrero, Calif., on Monday, June 20. An intensifying heat wave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico threatened to make the fight against Southern California wildfires more difficult Monday.
A large plume of smoke from a wildfire rises above a hillside just north of Azusa, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2016. New wildfires erupted in Southern California as an intensifying heat wave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region with triple-digit temperatures.

El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires

A helicopter drops water on a wildfire burning along the foothills above Brookridge Road in Duarte, Calif., Monday, June 20. Police in the city of Azusa and parts of Duarte ordered hundreds of homes evacuated. Others were under voluntary evacuations.
Lakeside firefighter Joe Vasquez watches as large flames burn next to a home on Highway 94 south of Potrero, Calif., on Monday, June 20. An intensifying heat wave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico threatened to make the fight against Southern California wildfires more difficult Monday.
A large plume of smoke from a wildfire rises above a hillside just north of Azusa, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2016. New wildfires erupted in Southern California as an intensifying heat wave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region with triple-digit temperatures.