This year has been the second driest on record in state history, with near record low storage in California’s largest reservoirs, the governor’s office said.
While droughts are not uncommon in the region, scientists say that climate change, in the form of warming temperatures and shifts in precipitation, is making the situation worse.
In California, there are at least seven large wildfires currently burning, including the Dixie fire, the second-largest in state history, which has burned more than 960,000 acres, destroyed 1,300 buildings and killed one firefighter, according to a New York Times wildfire tracker.
Since the start of the year, wildfires across California have burned more than six million acres.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/23/us/california-atmospheric-river-flooding-mudslides.html190