The United States is continuing to suffer from a record heatwave.
SV Sun shining onto trees and crops in Texas
LV AND CU Crops in field and sun-baked earth (2 shots)
LV Cars in street in downtown Dallas, Texas
SV Woman walking down street using umbrella to shade herself
SV Gerald Harrington, NBC Reporter, in downtown Dallas
CU Woman on telephone at JKS Airconditioning
SV Harrington speaking to Mini Schaefer, JKS Airconditioning (3 shots)
SV Workman drinking water
GV Forest fire burning in Eagle, Colorado (2 shots)
GV Air craft dropping chemicals on fire
LV Forest fire burning (4 shots)
GV Bulldozer making firebreak
LV TILT UP Column of smoke rising above forest fire (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: HARRINGTON: "The Texas heatwave continues to take its toll on all living things. The hot, dry weather has parched the earth in this grain field outside Dallas. Downtown, people are shedding their coats and carrying umbrellas. The blistering heat is more than just uncomfortable, it's also dangerous. Doctors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area suspect that several deaths can be blamed on the heat, and they're advising residents to stay inside."
ASSISTANT AT JKS AIRCONDITIONING, DALLAS: "You need a repair man, sir?"
HARRINGTON: "Calls to repair over-worked air-conditioners have tripled at JKS Airconditioning. Some people have resorted to lying to get a service call."
HARRINGTON: "What are they saying?"
MINI SCHAEFER, JKS AIRCONDITIONING: "Got an invalid in the family or something like that, sickness. They're going out of town and have to have it fixed for their dogs. You know, all kinds of stories like that. They've got to think up something which can top what their neighbour told you. Or they're not going to get on the list."
HARRINGTON: "The heatwave is expected to last into next week. Breaking more temperature records and bringing more misery. Gerald Harrington, NBC News, Dallas."
MINSHALL: "It's been this way in the White River National Forest, west of Denver, since Wednesday (25 June) afternoon. This is the Emerald (indistinct) fire and it's gobbled up more than eight thousand acres of timber so far. It's eating through more timber every minute. An (indistinct) bombe was brought in this morning to dup fire-retarding chemicals on the hardest part of the fire. As firefighters watched, the fire grew bigger and hotter in spite of the chemical drop. The fire was so hot it created its own fire-storm, making its own wind. The forest service gave up chemical bombing for the day because the fire was moving so fast. The bombing just doesn't do any good."
"Bulldozers were pulled into the area to try and cut a path in front of the fire. But they had to pull out, because the flames moved so quickly the bulldozer operators could have been trapped. Late this afternoon, the blaze was growing more every minute. Firefighters were falling back to cut new firelines."
REPORTERS: DAVE MINSHALL/GERALD HARRINGTON
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Background: The United States is continuing to suffer from a record heatwave. 29 people have now died in a searing, week-long heatwave in Texas and the mid-western state of Colorado is facing its worst-ever forest fires. Dave Minshall and Gerald Harrington of N.B.C. report.