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Drought and Fire

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • May 20, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 19:43

Severe drought grips the western half of the US. States are rationing water. California has declared a drought emergency in nearly all counties. Meanwhile, California, New Mexico, and Arizona have each had two large wildfires this year. Is this an early beginning to fire season, or is fire season more of a year-round thing now? We get answers from Tirtha Banerjee, who is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)