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Drought Monitor map. That’s a drastic jump from just a week earlier when about 36 percent of the state was suffering under exceptional drought, meaning there’s widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells.
In comparison, there were no areas in
The drought report, released Thursday by the
The drought that began three years ago has also “nearly depleted” the state’s topsoil moisture reserves. These tinderbox conditions have only exacerbated the wildfire season this year. Meanwhile, residents caught hosing sidewalks or driveways or excessively watering their lawns can now be slapped with a $500 fine.
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