It’s been said that more 21st-century wars will be fought over water than oil. In California, that could mean a civil war.
The seeds of conflict are already sprouting — magnified by a generational drought in the West that could leave our state looking like the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
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California is burning.
That might sound like an alarming statement, but it’s a fact. Take a look at any of the various state maps that indicate where wildfires are currently burning. The maps are dotted with red. And we haven’t even reached the peak fire season yet.
That, however, is not entirely true. In 2014, fire season arrived early. Actually, it never left. After two years of record drought we are living in the middle of a tinderbox. Our forests are so dangerously dry that the governor declared a state of emergency in early June. In May Gov. Jerry Brown told us to brace for one of the worst fire seasons ever.