California Drought

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

California hopes fines up to $500 slow water waste

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brown lawns and dusty cars could become the norm in California as state regulators consider unprecedented $500-a-day fines for water-wasters, after acknowledging that voluntary steps to reduce consumption amid a historic […]


A road sign reads: "Serious Drought Help Save Water" on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Southern California saw no June rain at key sites

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Weather Service says no measureable rain fell at any major recording station in southwestern California last month. The service said Tuesday in its monthly summary that June rainfall in […]


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

California board considers fines for wasting water

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for […]


The Cal Fire helitack crew from Boggs Mountain puts out flames around a Cal Fire dozer transport as the Butts Canyon fire jumps Butts Canyon Road, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 . outside Middletown, Calif., near the border between Napa and Lake counties.(AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

California wildfire burning in triple-digit heat

WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes. […]


In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif.  Despite recent spot rains The reservoir, located in Mendocino County is currently only about 37 percent full.  California remans in the midst of an historic drought causing Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California restricts access to water well records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state’s drought from those who believe the information locked away could help […]


In this still frame from video provided by KNSD-TV, a home is fully involved in flames as crews scrambled to corral a wildfire that burned two homes near the San Diego County mountain town of Julian in Southern California Thursday, July 3, 2014. The blaze erupted around 10:30 a.m. and prompted the mandatory evacuation of 200 homes. Firefighters attacked the 150-acre blaze in the air and on the ground. The fire destroyed two homes and an outbuilding and was 15 percent contained at nightfall, state fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said. (AP Photo/KNSD-TV)

California wildfires grow in north, south

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California. […]


Kelseyville firefighters prepare to pull back from the fire on Butts Canyon Road, as the fire jumps the road, Tuesday July, 1, 2014, outside Middletown, Calif., at the border between Lake and Napa counties. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

Damaging fire in Napa County grows to 5 square miles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters are hoping to get a better handle Wednesday on a raging wildfire in rural Northern California that has spread to 5 square miles and forced the evacuation […]


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

Los Angeles marks another very dry rain season

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles has concluded another rain season with little to show for it. The National Weather Service says just 6.08 inches of rain was recorded downtown between July 1, 2013, and […]


A discarded computer keyboard lies on the dry, cracked bed of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2014 during the state's worst drought in recorded history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Drought, wildfire may strain California power grid

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — State energy officials say wildfires, the drought and high temperatures could strain Southern California’s power supply this summer. Officials at the state’s Independent Supply Operator said Friday in Alhambra, California, that […]


The California Bay Delta (Photo credit: CalWater)

California water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels planned in the […]


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Professor Sarah Feakins: California in 3rd driest year

California’s drought continues to worsen. A third of the state falls into the “exceptional drought” category, the highest level possible. But Californians are barely cutting their water consumption. Phil and Penny spoke about the problem with drought […]


A plane drops fire retardant over the hills just south of Lompoc, Calif., Tuesday May13, 2014 to help control the fast moving Miguelito Fire. (AP Photo/The Santa Maria Times, Daniel Dreifuss)

CA officals warn of summer drought dangers

PASADENA (CNS) – With wildfire season now year-round due to California’s drought, officials warned residents today to be prepared as conditions will only get drier and more dangerous over the summer months. Firefighters across the […]