Adding to the poor air quality is the persistent dry weather we've been having in the state this winter is the driest on record.
Last Friday Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for California, but many communities across the state had already taken drastic action. The small township of Brooktrails in Mendocino County has been particularly hard hit.
This rural community in the Redwoods of Northern California depends on regular rainfall to fill its reservoirs. Right now, 80 percent of the water supply has been used up with no relief in sight.
Here to tell us how the town is coping is General Manager Denise Rose.