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Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests
Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests

Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.” Instead of the typical deep green color, large swaths of pine trees now don hues of death, their dehydrated needles turning brown and burnt-red because of the state’s worsening drought. “Unlike back East, where you have fall colors, here it’s because the trees are dying,” said John Miller, a spokesman for the San Bernardino National Forest. Years of extremely dry conditions are taking a heavy toll on forest lands across California and heightening the fire risk as summer approaches. “The situation is incendiary,” William Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion...

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