Water agencies across the state have been calling the water shortage a statewide crisis. The Governor urged Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by twenty-percent. Tim Quinn with the Association of California Water Agencies says the declaration is a wake-up call for Californians to conserve. He says the emergency proclamation allows someone with water to sell to someone who needs it.
“If Folsom Reservoir is one of your primary sources of supply you’re in trouble right now, if you’re a farmer in the San Joaquin Valley dependent upon very much curtailed water deliveries that need to be conveyed across the Delta, you’re in trouble right now, we need to make sure that those places that are in trouble get the relief that they need,” Quinn said.
The proclamation also directs the California Department of Water Resources to identify groundwater shortages, monitor the use of farmland and provide an update by April 30th.
Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service crews are working in steep terrain to contain the Trailhead Fire in Placer and El Dorado counties. The fire had grown to 2,551 acres Friday and was 12 percent contained.
Forecasters say the threat of wildfires will remain high in Southern California and the Southwest in July and August because of persistent drought and because summer rains may not be as consistent as usual.
Fire restrictions are in effect on U.S. Forest Service lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Officials say illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires within the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The drought in California, in its fifth consecutive year, has created conditions ripe for wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts "above normal" fire potential through September for portions of California, Nevada and Idaho.
A new report shows there are certain highways in California that are "hot spots" for wildlife-vehicle collisions.