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Elevated Fire Danger In California As Drought Persists

June 23, 2016 | Ed Joyce

Not much change is expected in drought conditions in California during the summer "dry season" but wildfire danger is increasing, with 66 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada adding potential fuel.

Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

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Despite Recent Rains, California Faces Brutal Fire Season

June 23, 2016 | Ben Adler

Any hope of a wet winter dousing California’s fire season is quickly going up in flames.

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Forest Service: 66 Million Dead Trees In Sierra Nevada

June 22, 2016 | Ed Joyce

The U.S. Forest Service says 66 million trees are dead in the Sierra Nevada after four consecutive years of drought in California and a bark beetle infestation.

Aerial Spraying Against Mosquitoes Starts Wednesday

June 22, 2016 | Steve Milne

If you live in Carmichael or the Arden-Arcade area you may see low flying planes over the next two nights. They'll be spraying insecticides to stop a surge in mosquitoes.

Steve Margulis/UCLA


California Snowpack Won't Recover From Drought For Years

June 21, 2016 | Amy Quinton

A new UCLA study shows that it will likely take until 2019 before California Sierra Nevada snowpack recovers from the drought.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio


Sacramento-Area Water Conservation 31 Percent In May

June 21, 2016 | Ed Joyce

California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought and water providers continue to urge voluntary conservation, as mandatory statewide rules have ended. Sacramento-area residents reduced their water use by 31 percent in May.

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