In California, ranchers are selling their cattle, which are unable to graze off scorched pasturelands. Dried-up waterways are unearthing artifacts, including the ruins of a ghost town near Sacramento. Elsewhere, the Gold Rush is back on, with rivers running at such low levels that valuable nuggets are being revealed as the water recedes.
In the March/April 2014 issue of NFPA's Journal magazine, author Fred Durso examines how California's drought emergency could exacerbate the state's upcoming wildfire season, and the role Firewise is playing in helping communities reduce their risk.
Read "Water Woes" now available online, to learn how California is dealing with this issue.