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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.

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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.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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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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Record Heat, Wildfires Scorch Western U.S.

June 19, 2016 | Ed Joyce

As thousands of federal and state firefighters work to contain wildfires in California and other western states, record-setting heat has prompted warnings from the National Weather Service for parts of California, Nevada and Arizona.

California Department of Water Resources / File

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Water Supply A 'Concern' This Summer In California

June 16, 2016 | Ed Joyce

A lack of rain in May and June has wiped out that "drought-free" area of northwestern California and water supply could become a 'concern' later this summer.

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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Sacramento Water Agency Ends Mandatory Conservation

June 8, 2016 | Ed Joyce

Another Sacramento area water agency has moved to voluntary conservation after California ended mandatory restrictions.

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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California April Water Conservation Rate Is 26 Percent

June 6, 2016 | Ed Joyce

The California State Water Resources Control Board says the statewide water conservation rate in April was 26.1 percent.

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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Drought Improvement In Northwestern California

June 2, 2016 | Ed Joyce

The U.S. Drought Monitor weekly report released June 2 shows some reduction in drought in part of California, but long-term drought remains in the region.

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