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Death Valley breaks out fans to cool down record temps

Death Valley, CA - Death Valley hit a record 130° on Sunday, leading park rangers and volunteers to put out emergency fans for the first time decades.

Death Valley Park Ranger Carl Burns told reporters, "Well, in the words of Alan Jackson, it's hotter than a hoochie coochie out here. So we're breaking out the fans."

Operation Cool Down began early Monday, as volunteers ran extension cords and set up nearly three dozen fans in strategic positions throughout the desert.

"If we can get the fans in the right spots, we should be able to get a nice breeze going and hopefully bring these numbers down to a more comfortable level," said Burns.

Burns says if he can get the temperature down to 120°, he'd consider the effort a huge success.

As of Tuesday morning, temperatures were hovering around 128°.

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