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Fire Threat Increases for California, Drought Continues

Days ahead of relentless sunshine are slated to continue for northern California, where the dire state of the drought is heavily impacting farmers and the public at large.

Gusty winds to the south at the end the week will bring fire dangers to the forefront once again.

Compacting agricultural problems for the state has been the spreading of a citrus disease known as Huanglongbing, according to the California Citrus Mutual. Congress as allotted $20 million in funding to help combat the disease in conjunction with USDA efforts.

On Jan. 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency because of the drought. Though water supplies for the state's residents are said to remain at a safe level for the near future, if the drought persists for too long water tables could be in danger. Governor Brown is asking residents to cut back on their water usage by 20 percent to help conservation efforts in the emergency.

Last year was the driest year on record for the state, and this time of the year, typically considered the wet season, has remained remarkably dry as well. The immediate forecast does not call for any relief to that problem.

Highs into the start of the next workweek will be in the lower to middle 60s. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 40s will a bit on increased cloud cover and some early morning fog that should burn away in the late mornings and early afternoons.