Water usage jumped nearly 19% in March, which was one of the driest months on record, officials say, as residents defy pleas for conservation.
Thousands of demonstrators defiantly remained on the streets across the US even after curfews put in place in some states following unrest in the wake of the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.
More than 180,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in Sonoma County north of San Francisco because of the wind-fueled "Kincade Fire."
The wind-driven blaze, dubbed the Saddleridge fire, broke out on Thursday night and raced through the area's dry foothills and brush-filled canyons to cover some 3,056 hectares by midday on Saturday.
Authorities issued a "purple" alert -- never used before -- because of the extreme danger, warning that winds could reach 128km/h severely limiting firefighting efforts.
In a historic first for the International Olympic Committee, both Paris and Los Angeles were crowned hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
Massive wildfire has forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in Los Angeles as California governor declared a state of emergency.
'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' opening beneath Hollywood hills
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