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California Drought Expands, Fueling Heat and Fire

Climate Central: A wildfire exploded outside Los Angeles Thursday as record temperatures spread across California, where drought conditions are escalating as the state comes off its driest year on record. A new update to the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that severe drought, the second-worst drought category, has spread across 62.7 percent of the California as of Tuesday. Continue reading

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California seeks to send water south via tunnel, restore depleted delta

Reuters: California pledged on Monday to restore 80,000 acres of the depleted Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as part of a massive project to send fresh water from mountain streams in the north to farmers and residents in the parched south. The $16 billion plan was released as the state struggles in what appears to be shaping up as its driest year on record, with some farmers and urban water districts promised just 5 percent of the water that they had requested for next year. The ambitious program… Continue reading

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Yosemite Fire an Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Climate Central: The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California is an example of how drought can amplify wildfires in a warming, drying West. The fire, which now ranks as the 14 th -largest wildfire in state history, has been racing through parched stands of oak and pine trees, and threatening some of the region’s iconic giant sequoia trees. The vegetation in the area, and indeed across much of central and southern California, is extremely dry, as the state has experienced its driest year-to-date…. Continue reading

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Yosemite Fire an Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Climate Central: The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California is an example of how drought can amplify wildfires in a warming, drying West. The fire, which now ranks as the 14 th -largest wildfire in state history, has been racing through parched stands of oak and pine trees, and threatening some of the region’s iconic giant sequoia trees. The vegetation in the area, and indeed across much of central and southern California, is extremely dry, as the state has experienced its driest year-to-date…. Continue reading

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Yosemite Fire an Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Climate Central: The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California is an example of how drought can amplify wildfires in a warming, drying West. The fire, which now ranks as the 14 th -largest wildfire in state history, has been racing through parched stands of oak and pine trees, and threatening some of the region’s iconic giant sequoia trees. The vegetation in the area, and indeed across much of central and southern California, is extremely dry, as the state has experienced its driest year-to-date…. Continue reading

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Texas wildfires: Is drought the new climate?

LA Times: The litany of misery playing out in Texas is tough to watch but less difficult to predict. Continue reading

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Texas fires probably due to global warming

Hamilton Spectator: DALLAS Texas horizons have been red lately, but not from great sunsets. Wildfires have burned roughly 400,000 hectares and destroyed nearly 200 homes this year during one of the state’s worst droughts and through its driest March Continue reading

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