California Issues First Rolling Blackouts Since 2001, As Heat Wave Bakes Western U.S.

The sun sets through smoke created by the Ranch Fire on Aug. 13, 2020, in Azusa, Calif. A heat wave has prompted electrical providers to issue the first rolling blackouts in the state since 2001.

California electrical utilities implemented their first rolling blackouts since 2001, as the state grapples with an intense, prolonged heat wave.

(Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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