- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forecasters say the latest heat wave enveloping central and southern California will bring triple-digit temperatures and increased wildfire danger.

The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for swaths of greater Los Angeles north into the Antelope Valley and the San Joaquin Valley starting Friday through the weekend.

Temperatures could be up to 8 degrees above normal on Saturday and Sunday. Residents are urged to drink plenty of water, avoid the sun and check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

Fire authorities are girding for possible new fires as crews battle more than a dozen blazes up and down the state. Firefighters expect to have a wildfire near the Butte County town of Oroville fully contained on Saturday. Crews have increased containment of two major fires in Santa Barbara County.

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