UPDATE: Temperatures Will Soar Into Triple Digits By Mid-WeekTemperatures will begin a steep climb Wednesday, reaching triple digits for communities away from the coast, straining California's power grid and sucking out even more moisture from the already tinder-dry hills, fields and forests.
California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A DayAs an extreme drought strengths its grip on Sonoma County, Healdsburg officials have unveiled tough new restrictions on water use including limiting individuals to 74 gallons a day and ordering sprinklers and drop irrigation system to be shut down immediately.
Amid Extreme Drought, Contra Costa County Steps Up Battle Against Illegal FireworksWith a dry summer looming, authorities in Contra Costa County said the crackdown on illegal fireworks is about to ramp up.
EBMUD To Meet On Proposed Water, Sewer Rate Hikes Set For JulyThe East Bay Municipal Utility District is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 8 percent rate increase for tap water and wastewater over the next two years.
Drought Emergency: Marin County Residents Falling Short Of Water Conservation GoalAs the Bay Area and California face a major drought, water conservation efforts are falling short so far, according to water officials in a North Bay county.
Drought Ravages California's Reservoirs Ahead Of Hot SummerAlong with other California reservoirs, Lake Oroville is shrinking with surprising speed amid a severe drought, with state officials predicting it will reach a record low later this summer.
Drought Emergency: Tri-Valley Water Agencies Urge 10% ConservationWater agencies covering Tri-Valley communities urged customers to voluntarily reduce water usage amid worsening drought conditions in the Bay Area.
Marin Firefighters Use Controlled Burn to Clear Space by HomesA collection of Marin County fire agencies converged in the hills outside of Novato this week with the goal of preparing the land and the firefighters for the season ahead.
Brentwood Combats Drought By Offering Free Recycled Water To ResidentsStarted during the last water shortage, an innovative program in Brentwood offering recycled water to residents is once again growing in popularity amid a new drought.
Marin County Declares Drought Emergency; 'Worst We Have Seen In Over 140 Years'The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to declare a local drought emergency amid what the board's president called the worst drought conditions in more than 140 years.
Recent Burn Scars Vulnerable To Burn Again In Upcoming Wildfire Season, Cal Fire WarnsFollowing some of the worst wildfires in state history, Cal Fire is warning that burn scars in and around the Bay Area are not immune to burning once again this summer.
California Drought: Water Crisis ‘Couldn’t Be Worse’ On Oregon-California BorderThe water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year.
California Drought: Recycled Water Investment Paying Off For North Marin Water DistrictThis is shaping up to be a long, dry summer and water managers across the state are looking for new sources to meet their demand.  But one small district in Marin County placed a bet on a drought-proof supply of water that may pay off big this year. 
South Lake Tahoe Boat Ramp Closed Due To Low Water Levels After Dry WinterA least one boat ramp at Lake Tahoe won’t be opening to motorized vessels this summer due to low water levels caused by an unusually dry winter.
Napa Valley Grape Growers Say Dry Year Survivable But Fear Prolonged DroughtMost farmers are worried about their crops as they head into the second straight dry year. Vineyard owners say they may be the lucky ones -- at least so far.