Fresno, California 2021-06-10 16:13:24 –
About 33% of the states are in the “exceptional drought” range, with the most severe levels of dryness. This includes parts of the hills and mountains of Sierra in the counties of Mariposa, Madera, Fresno and Turea.
On the valley floor, the counties of Fresno, Kings, Turea, Merced, Madera and Mariposa are also classified in the second most severe drought, the “extreme drought” range.
ABC30 meteorologist Madeline Evans said she is dealing with drought conditions regardless of where the resident is in Central California.
According to US drought monitors, 85% of California is in “extreme drought.” This is an increase from the 33% recorded at the beginning of 2021.
More than 37 million Californians live in drought-affected areas.
At this point last year, only 2.45% of the states were in “extreme drought,” but the condition was still dry.
Dryness and lack of rainfall raise concerns about the danger of fire.
On Thursday, CAL FIRE said the state was already experiencing a 26% increase in wildfire activity this year compared to 2020. Firefighters also reported a 58% increase in combustion acres compared to this time last year.
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