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Western US faces wildfires explosion – Climate News Network

Research published last year, analysing tree rings, showed that California’s Central Valley had not been as dry for 500 years.The level of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains – which usually supplies 30% of the state’s water – has been decreasing in recent years.

And reservoirs throughout the state are at a record low. In some areas, water tables have dropped by 50 feet as more and more wells are drilled. In 2014, restrictions on the use of groundwater − mainly applying to urban areas − were brought in.

Source: Western US faces wildfires explosion – Climate News NetworkClimate News Network

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