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Lime Kiln fire nearly contained

A vehicle and vegetation fire on Lime Kiln Road south of Sonora prompted the evacuation of one home and closed a road, but firefighters are nearing full containment. 

Fire burning on Lime Kiln Rd.

Air and ground resources are on the scene of a vehicle and vegetation fire on Lime Kiln Road south of Sonora.

More drought in 2015?

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Houseboats float on New Melones Reservoir, which is far below the normal water level. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Several long-range forecasts suggest Californians should brace for another dry fall and winter, following three consecutive years of drought that have already taken a heavy toll on the state’s water supplies and amplified wildfire conditions.

Any rainfall from an anticipated weak El Niño weather pattern likely will not be enough to break the current drought’s grip on the state, according to AccuWeather, a Pennsylvania-based weather prediction company. 


SF Tuolumne diversions irk farmers, environmentalists

A Fresno nonprofit group is suing the National Park Service in federal court over the city and county of San Francisco’s diversions from the Hetch Hetchy water project.

The Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability, or CESAR, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., alleging NPS-approved freshwater diversions from the Tuolumne River are harmful to endangered and threatened salmon, smelt and sturgeon in the San Joaquin River and Sacramento Delta, where the water would naturally flow if it wasn’t being stored behind O’Shaughnessy Dam in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.


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