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Northern California wildfire: Record amount of retardant used to fight blaze - Fox News
Fox NewsNorthern California wildfire: Record amount of retardant used to fight blazeFox NewsPLACERVILLE, Calif. – Firefighters are dropping record-breaking amounts of retardants on a massive Northern California wildfire that is burning explosively because of the prolonged drought. California fire...[read more]

Drought in California - The Economist
Drought in CaliforniaThe EconomistJACK MELLIGAN, a prison guard in Sacramento, was tired of staring at his brown, patchy lawn—a side-effect of the drought that has parched California for the past three years. He thought about replacing it with shop-bought turf, but worried that he ...and more »...[read more]

California Wildfire Drives 2800 People From Their Homes, But Grows More Slowly - Mashable
National GeographicCalifornia Wildfire Drives 2800 People From Their Homes, But Grows More SlowlyMashableAn out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thurs...[read more]

Feds give green light to California immigrant licenses - Sacramento Bee
Fresno BeeFeds give green light to California immigrant licensesSacramento BeeRemoving a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents. Immigrant advocates achieved...[read more]

Hunger, Looting, and Violence Follow Hurricane Odile's Path Across Baja ... - VICE News
VICE NewsHunger, Looting, and Violence Follow Hurricane Odile's Path Across Baja ...VICE NewsEntire communities in Baja California remained isolated five days after Hurricane Odile swept across the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico, badly damaging roads and ports, and leaving unknown numbers...[read more]

Why fewer acres have burned this year despite California drought - SFGate
SFGateWhy fewer acres have burned this year despite California droughtSFGatePollock Pines, El Dorado County --. It may feel like all of bone-dry Northern California is on fire, with blazes chewing up land from the Oregon border to Yosemite to here in El Dorado County, where thousands of people we...[read more]

California Chrome, Rested and Renewed, Returns to His Blue-Collar Roots - New York Times
New York TimesCalifornia Chrome, Rested and Renewed, Returns to His Blue-Collar RootsNew York TimesWhen last seen, neither California Chrome nor Steve Coburn was doing very well. California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby- and Preakness-winning colt, had lost a chunk of his heel and the Triple Crown, ...[read more]

Man Arrested in Fast-Growing California Wildfire - ABC News
ABC NewsMan Arrested in Fast-Growing California WildfireABC NewsA man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Wayne Allen ...[read more]

Watch California Dry Up Right Before Your Eyes In 6 Jaw-Dropping GIFs - Huffington Post
Watch California Dry Up Right Before Your Eyes In 6 Jaw-Dropping GIFsHuffington Post“This is a big deal,” California Governor Jerry Brown said at a ceremony Tuesday as he signed into law a trio of bills regulating, for the first time, the state's groundwater use. As of Thursday, almost 60 percent...[read more]

What to Know About California's New Groundwater Law - KQED (blog)
KQED (blog)What to Know About California's New Groundwater LawKQED (blog)And as California faces the third year of a serious drought, farmers have been in an expensive race to drill the deepest wells. Over-pumping can compress soil and rocks, making them more compact and permanently reducing the ...[read more]