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It's not just a 'California drought'
It's not just a 'California drought'

In a somber opening to wildfire season this month, federal and state officials meeting in Nevada warned that kindling-dry forests and a rainless forecast could lead multiple states in the Great Basin to erupt in flames at once, stretching firefighters and equipment thin across the region. For the last four years, vast swaths of four Great Basin states — Nevada, California, Oregon and Utah — have been baking in extreme or exceptional drought. That's actually rather brief in comparison with the 15-year water shortage punishing the Colorado River basin. Drought has persisted, too, in the southern Great Plains. Parts of Texas and Oklahoma had been enduring the most arid...

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