As of October 2015, the California drought encompassed more than 98 percent of the California state, notes The drought began in 2012, with Governor Jerry Brown declaring a drought state of emergency in Ja... More » Geography United States The West

One important fact about droughts is that they increase the risk of wildfires. Low moisture and lack of precipitation can create hazardous conditions in forests and range lands that may create wildfires capable of causin... More » Science Earth Science

Some drought-tolerant perennials include purple coneflower and tall bearded iris. Some other drought-tolerant perennials include rosemary, lavender, sage and creeping phlox. More »

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