Governor Gavin Newsom threatens to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents don't use less on their own as drought drags on and the hotter summer months approach.
Largest wildfire in the US spreads toward mountain resort towns in northern New Mexico, prompting officials to issue evacuation alerts, while a separate wildfire burns 20 homes in California state.
Extreme weather conditions and an ageing power grid, which needs immediate upgrades, are behind power interruptions across the US.
Water usage jumped nearly 19% in March, which was one of the driest months on record, officials say, as residents defy pleas for conservation.
The US state's second largest ever wildfire was ignited by a tree hitting electrical distribution lines west of a dam in the Sierra Nevada, state authorities said.
The short, green and black dress designed by Naomi Parry, is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $20,000.
Powerful storm barrels toward southern California after flooding highways, toppling trees, and causing mudslides in areas burned bare by recent fires across the northern part of the US state.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling Alisal Fire which has burned more than 54 sq km in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara. Officials say only 5 percent of it is contained.
Pipeline that leaked tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the water off southern California was split open and apparently dragged along the ocean floor, officials say.
The fire scorched more than 344 square kilometres after growing by nearly 28 square kilometres in the last 24 hours, the Sequoia National Forest says.
Fire officials warn hot, dry weather and stronger winds are creating “critical fire conditions” for KNP Complex – two lightning-sparked blazes that merged on the western side of Sequoia National Park in Sierra Nevada.
More than 6,800 wildfires large and small have blackened an estimated 1.7 million acres (689,000 hectares) within California alone this season, stretching available firefighting forces and equipment dangerously thin.
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