Churchill Downs cancels events ahead of expected heat wave

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The heat wave that forecasters say will bake Kentucky is expected to be so intense it's stopping the horses from running at Churchill Downs. And combined with dry conditions, it's silencing fireworks in some areas.

Forecasters say temperatures will soar into triple digits in parts of Kentucky starting Thursday.

The heat wave is expected to simmer through the weekend.

Health officials are warning people to stay indoors. People without air conditioning are urged to go to malls or libraries to cool off.

Churchill Downs canceled its Thursday race card due to the heat. Track President Kevin Flanery says the first priority is the health and safety of humans and horses participating in races.

Some cities and counties have imposed burn bans due to dry conditions, and some are banning fireworks.

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