California’s Drought Worsens. What’s Next?
California’s drought conditions are worsening at an alarming rate and it's increasing the threat from wildfires.
“Last week, a little over a third of the state was under that category. Now, nearly 14.5 million people are impacted, a more than 50% increase from last week, according to the monitor, which is produced through a partnership between US government agencies and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” CNN reports.
“Further expansion of moderate to exceptional drought was introduced in parts of California and the Northwest, as agricultural, wildfire, and water-supply impacts continued to mount," according to the center.
Added dryness has increased the wildfire risk. Already, wildfires have destroyed four times as many acres as they did this time last year. And the situation could soon get worse.