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Dry, warm conditions keep California's national forests parched
Dry, warm conditions keep California's national forests parched

California’s dwindling snowpack and warmer temperatures continue to increase the risk of fires in already parched national forests. With the state’s snowpack at only 5%, water resources in the 18 national forests in California are low and trees are water-starved, said climatologist William Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “The national forest is stressed out,” Patzert said. “The absence of snowpack has endangered the national forest.” Warmer temperatures are rapidly drying out the state, he said. California had its second-warmest March since record-keeping began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The...

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