Last week America's Democrats had their time in the spotlight as their party convention was held Monday through Thursday. This week it's the Republican's turn as their event officially gets underway.
Like the one before, it's expected to be a largely virtual convention with social distancing guidelines keeping delegates from having the giant stadium filled blowouts we're used to seeing. A scaled-down gathering is still set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the convention will allow Republicans to officially nominate incumbent President Donald Trump and incumbent Vice President Mike Pence for a second term in office. Other goals of the event include laying out the party's priorities and drumming up voter support for the November 3rd election.
Experts say President Trump is hoping the Republican National Convention will have more live programming and audience response than last week's Democratic National Convention. By tradition, the party that holds the White House holds its convention second but there's no tradition associated with a pandemic. Another example on how these are unusual times we're living in.
Hundreds of wildfires are raging in California. Here's a quick by-the-numbers look. Cal Fire, the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protections, says there have been roughly 12,000 lightning strikes in California since August 15th. They've been blamed for starting most if not all of the 615 new wildfires that have flared up in the past week.
More than 1,100,000 acres have been burned and firefighters are doing everything they can to contain these blazes. This doesn't necessarily mean putting them out, it means keeping them from spreading. That can be done by creating fire breaks, places where vegetation has been cleared out, for example, giving the blazes nothing to burn and nowhere further to go.