>> Record heat across the West, feeding wildfires that have already charred thousands of acres. The national weather service issuing an elevated threat for California Santa Barbara County, where the so called Sherpa Fire has been raging for days. More than 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, hacking through brush to create containment lines with helicopters dropping roughly 100,000 gallons of water a day.
And in New Mexico the Dog Head Fire destroying at least two dozen homes and forcing evacuations, so far burning through more then 17,000 acres of timber and logging zones. Dry winds combined with desert temperature expected to hit 120 degrees though Wednesday, causing red flag warnings for much of the Southwest, including parts of Nevada and Arizona.