|Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, CA 2013. Source: Accuweather.|
As of March 31, 2015, more than 93 percent of the state was experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. The state's total snowpack was only 5 percent of average, forecasting a dire situation for reservoirs in the months ahead.
Across the West, fire agencies are getting ready now - bringing on full staff in some areas as many as six to eight weeks ahead of normal. See article here.