California’s Worst Drought in 100 Years

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California is facing extreme conditions today as the drought situation gets worse and worse. Lack of precipitation has caused state reservoirs to be at an all time low, the California mountain snowpacks are at 20% normal levels, and major rivers are flowing with reduced water.  The state is also facing a 1700 acre wildfire, with, as of Friday, burned with only 30% containment. The blaze was set by an illegally ignited wildfire, due to the dry conditions of brush and trees surrounding the campsite. Arrests have been made in the case, and 3 men are currently awaiting sentencing. Governor Jerry Brown commented on the dry spell, stating it was “perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago”. However, California has been anticipating wildfires because 2014 is the third consecutive year of drought in the state.

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