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California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

Gov. Gavin Newsom has expanded a drought emergency declaration to a large swath of the nation's most populated state amid "acute water supply shortages" in northern and central areas.

Posted: May 10, 2021 2:12 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has expanded a drought emergency declaration to a large swath of the nation's most populated state amid "acute water supply shortages" in northern and central areas.

Monday's declaration now covers 41 of the 58 counties, covering 30% of California's nearly 40 million people.

The governor last month had declared an emergency in just two counties north of San Francisco. It comes as Newsom prepares to propose more spending on both short- and long-term responses to dry conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of the state and a huge swath of the American West is in extensive drought.

Chico
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Chester
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We'll be sunny with slightly above average temperatures again on Wednesday afternoon. The threat of thunderstorms will keep our fire danger high today, with more widespread thunderstorms Thursday. Dangerous heat returns this weekend and will persist through at least the start of next week.
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