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California Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of November 7-13

In California, several dangerous and destructive wildfires broke out in both southern and northern California during the past week. In Butte County in northern California, the Camp Fire devastated the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Paradise – destroying nearly the entire community including 7,600 homes. According to CAL FIRE, the fire has burned in excess of 130,000 acres (35% contained) and has been responsible so far for the loss of 48 lives – making it the deadliest wildfire in California history. North of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has burned 97,000 acres (40% contained) in and around the Santa Monica Mountains leading to the evacuation of more than 150,000 residents and destruction of >435 homes. Continued dry conditions in California led to expansion of an areas of Moderate Drought (D1) in the Sacramento Valley, extending to the western foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - California DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
11/13/2018
0.00%100.00%53.20%18.35%2.39%0.00%
Last Week
11/06/2018
0.00%100.00%51.92%18.35%2.39%0.00%
Three Months Ago
8/14/2018
13.84%86.16%47.19%20.75%2.77%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/02/2018
55.70%44.30%12.69%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Water Year
10/02/2018
12.18%87.82%47.97%22.82%4.93%0.00%
One Year Ago
11/14/2017
73.98%26.02%8.24%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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