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California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties

Credit: Gov. Gavin Newsom Twitter

Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared an emergency executive order in two Northern California counties.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 2:58 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared an emergency executive order in two Northern California counties in response to particularly bad drought conditions.

Wednesday's announcement affects Mendocino and Sonoma counties but could expand statewide.

It comes as California is expected to face another devastating wildfire season after a winter with little precipitation. He appeared at Lake Mendocino for the announcement.

The state Department of Water Resources says this is the fourth driest year on record statewide, especially in the northern two-thirds of the state.

Central Valley leaders and farmers are pleading for him to declare a statewide emergency, saying they need to be prioritized.

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Lightning-caused fires will be a concern over the next few days as thunderstorms enter the forecast. We stay warm to begin next week but cool into the 70s by Wednesday.
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