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California Drought News: Drought, fire, snowpack — but at least there's almonds



Flames from the wind driven Etiwanda fire burn through a fence on April 30, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga.
Flames from the wind driven Etiwanda fire burn through a fence on April 30, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga.
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Friday's news sees plagues everywhere: wildfire, Santa Anas and drought here; rain in New York; sinkholes in Baltimore. Stay inside for a second and catch up on what's happening.

National media have picked up the Etiwanda Fire, and even though containment is increasing and it has taken no structures, they're seeing wider drought-related consequences.

For today's view of a drier California, read on:

But as we figure out how to bet on the Kentucky Derby, here's a little good luck:

Some areas, such as the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts, have not suffered much from the drought. The Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts are supplying about half their usual water but are letting farmers transfer it among themselves. The Merced Irrigation District, with a much smaller supply, also is allowing transfers. (Modesto Bee)

Remember, we're always updating our Fire Tracker. And, in lieu of the traditional tweet o'the week, this one's in (dis)honor of the ongoing fire: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-es4Q8AJaU

Have a great weekend.