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Winds Raise Wildfire Risk in Drought-Plagued California

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Gusty winds blow through Lancaster on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Dry, parched conditions continued for much of the state this week, while locally, strong Santa Ana winds increased the risk of wildfires.

California received little precipitation with extreme to exceptional drought covering two-thirds of the state, according Michael Brewer, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.

By the end of this week, California’s snowpack remained at 5% of average, he said.

Dry conditions are expected to continue next week and warmer-than-average temperatures will persist for the West Coast, Brewer said.

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