Our State’s Drought really is a State of Emergency reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. The state is now around 40 million people, and growing. Nearly half of all undocumented, illegal immigrants live in California. This has added millions to the state’s population increasing our water usage. What happens when America’s most populous state runs low on its most precious resource for the fourth year in a row?
Let’s start with the obvious, Wildfires. In February crews battled a wildfire south of Mammoth Lakes which tore through more than 7,000 acres and destroyed 40 homes. February fire in Mammoth? Unheard of but certainly a very early and extremely dangerous wildfire season ahead. Start preparing now!
Water restrictions will certainly be the norm, resulting in limited usage, brown lawns, no car washing and fines for excessive use to name a few. Dry air, dust and pollen in the air will affect our respiratory systems and allergies.
An Increase in West Nile Virus Cases as a lot of water in nature becomes stagnant. Rats, rattlesnakes, ants, will have their sights on human populated areas (our homes) seeking water. Foothill areas will see bears, mountain lions and other wildlife doing the same.
Food prices, restaurants, hotels, recreation etc. will increase as our most precious resource remains in demand with limitations.
Make no Drought about it, we have a serious problem and we need to take action!
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Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna