A Double Edged Sword: How needed rains out West could be fueling a bigger problem

California farmers are getting above normal precipitation so far this year, bringing the state out of the most critical drought category.

The increased vegetation is good for livestock producers, but CAL Fire calls it a double edged sword. If the vegetation dries up in the summer, it turns to kindling for wildfires. All the rain in recent weeks has prevented agencies from doing critical fire prevention work.

Last year more than 360,000 acres burned in California.

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