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Metropolitan Water District approves Colorado River shortage plan

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday approved a plan for sharing Colorado River delivery cuts if a shortage is declared on the drought-depleted river. The vote by the district, which imports water to the Southland, represents another step in a years-long attempt to...

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  • As autumn rain in California vanishes amid global warming, fires worsen

    As autumn rain in California vanishes amid global warming, fires worsen

    This is a wet place by California standards. It averages about 55 inches of rain a year, thanks to its prime location in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which wrings rain out of Pacific storms. But when the Camp fire sparked last Thursday, Paradise was parched. The area usually gets...

  • Death toll from the Paradise fire jumps to 42, making it the worst in California history

    Death toll from the Paradise fire jumps to 42, making it the worst in California history

    The death toll from the Camp fire in Paradise jumped to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest fire in California history, as President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state. Officials said they recovered the remains of 13 additional victims Monday as teams continued to search...

  • Santa Ana winds gusting to more than 40 mph in San Diego County

    Santa Ana winds gusting to more than 40 mph in San Diego County

    Santa Ana winds of more than 40 mph whipped across inland San Diego County on Sunday, elevating the risk of wildfires in a region that’s steadily slipping into drought. A red-flag fire weather warning is in effect for the coastal regions of the county, and a high wind warning is in effect for the...

  • From Malibu to Oak Park, wildfire devastation comes into focus

    From Malibu to Oak Park, wildfire devastation comes into focus

    Perilous winds were poised to roar back early Sunday, threatening to fan wildfires that have claimed two lives, scorched 83,000 acres and forced a quarter-million people to evacuate their homes across Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A lull in the winds Saturday gave firefighters a chance to stamp...

  • Large fires threaten Ventura County communities; 101 Freeway closed, more than 1,000 homes evacuated

    Large fires threaten Ventura County communities; 101 Freeway closed, more than 1,000 homes evacuated

    Portions of Ventura County were under siege Thursday evening as two large fires descended on neighborhoods, threatening numerous communities reeling from the massacre at a country music bar the night before. The Hill fire was being whipped up by powerful winds that pushed it through canyons and...

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