California Drought

This map from the U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that 58% of California is considered to be experiencing an "exceptional" drought. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

California drought hits new record high

More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data […]

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Hot summer weather means high risk of wildfires

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Southland once again will be gripped by high heat today, and forecasters warned it would last until the middle of next week, along with an elevated risk of wildfire. Today’s […]


Morning traffic makes it's way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA County adopts emergency water conservation regulations

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to limit outdoor watering and require water suppliers to closely monitor use. Supervisor Don Knabe recommended the county adopt emergency regulations set […]


Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning,  July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB2100 following an April emergency order […]


Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning,  July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

List of biggest water saving, guzzling districts in California

Despite the governor’s call for conservation amid a historic drought, California water agencies across the state collectively reported a 1 percent increase in water use in May 2014 compared to the same month over the […]


"Michael Korte and Laura Whitney (not pictured) home where their grass has suffered as they have tried to use less water due to the severe drought. She recently received a letter from the city's code enforcement bureau saying she has 60 days to green up her lawn or face fines and penalties in Glendora, Calif., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. 
 (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

A couple in Glendora face fines over brown lawn

A Glendora woman’s effort to do her part to conserve water leads to her getting a threatening letter for not having a lush green lawn. Laura Whitney-Korte reduced watering her lawn to two times a […]


Eighi Hiastake, of the San Francisco Dept. of Public Works, washes a city sidewalk with a mixture of water and disinfectant on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in San Francisco. In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would prohibit watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be prohibited, as would washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California approves fines for water-wasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California water regulators have voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing. The action on Tuesday by the State […]


A freeway sign in Los Angeles advising motorists to save water because of the state's severe drought. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

California water use rises amid severe drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians have increased their water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining. The State Water […]


A sign alerts visitors to water conservation efforts at the state Capitol, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Vote expected today on proposal to fine California water-wasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California regulators are considering fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The State Water Resources Control Board is […]



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Freddie Alexander Smoke III was arrested Saturday July 13, 2014, and accused of recklessly causing a fire and with marijuana cultivation, both felonies, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. (AP Photo/ Shasta County Sheriff's Department)

Man named ‘Smoke’ accused of starting NorCal ‘Bully’ wildfire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in Northern California. Freddie […]


Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 32 square miles in central Washington. The blaze threatened more than 200 homes and […]