Most of U.S. West Is in Severe Drought as Peak Wildfire Season Looms

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The American West is locked in its worst drought on record, bringing renewed water restrictions, wildfire danger and angst to one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, just as the heat of summer approaches.

Much of the West has been mired in a drought stretching back to the beginning of the century—the driest in 1,200 years, according to tree-ring records analyzed by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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