California can't seem to catch a break. Plagued by drought and a subsequent scourge of wildfires, the state is struggling to recover from a desperately dry summer.
An estimated 117,960 acres of land have burned since the beginning of this year, up from 87,000 during the same time last year. While all parts of the state have faced fire hazards, the northern region has been hit especially hard. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, and, as of July 31, California mandated a state of emergency to bolster responses to the fires.
"California's severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox. Our courageous firefighters are on the front lines, and we'll do everything we can to help them," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a press release.
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Sarah Gibbens is a producer on National Journal's audience development team. She previously worked as a digital media fellow at The Podesta Group and as a writer for San Antonio-based newspaper The Rivard Report. Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she was the editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Paisano.