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California Drought News: Other states caught in drought too

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Wednesday's drought news roundup has us looking outside our state and realizing that we're not the only ones hurting. It's time to get "Lost" in drought news.

The Others:

  • We may have been the loudest about it, but we're certainly not alone. Half of the country is experiencing drought conditions. California's been at it longer than most, though. So, you know, go us.
The U.S. drought is concentrated in the Plains states and in the West, though Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Appalachians stretching from West Virginia into eastern Tennessee are all experiencing abnormal dryness. (LiveScience)

Fire:

  • With that dryness comes a rough fire season. The U.S. could spend $1.8 billion fighting fires this season. That's almost $500,000 more than what's available. (Bloomberg)
  • California's ability to fight fires may get a boost from Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, which would give Cal Fire an additional $67 million. The state would get $142 million more to help with the drought. (Capitol Public Radio)

Dams:

  • Friant Dam, east of Fresno, will be tapped for water starting on Thursday. It's the first time that's happened since 1939, when the federal government struck a deal to get water from the Delta instead of the San Joaquin River. (Modesto Bee)
  • Doug Obegi of the Natural Resources Defense Council tracks where our water has gone this year. (NRDC Staff Blog)

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