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Gov Brown Declares Drought Emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a drought emergency in California, where rivers and reservoirs are dangerously low after one of the driest years on record, and asked the people to cut their water use by 20 percent.

He did not rule out mandatory conservation measures later.

The governor’s declaration triggered state wide response from Cal-Fire. Cal-Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant says they will begin hiring for summer staffing now.

            Cal Fire hires 1

The governor’s critics have accused him of playing catch up. The governor has hesitated to call current conditions an emergency but was quoted as saying ““All I can report to you,” the governor said Friday, “is it’s not raining today, and it’s not likely to rain for several weeks.”


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