Drought Emergency in California

Drastic measures are being put in place as drought of the century grips California.
3:00 | 01/18/14

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You can see the image behind me, what so many families have faced literally in their back yards. You can see the flames behind the rooftop. Tonight California is under a state of emergency, reeling from a record drought and the real fire season isn't even here yet. Images like this one across the state, this is the black butte lake, no water, just cracked Earth there. One reason why? These are the Sierra Nevada mountains last January covered in snow and look at them tonight, bone dry, no snow to melt to keep the land there from becoming dry. From Los Angeles the pictures from the front lines and here's aditi Roy. Reporter: Par muched land, dried up Lakes and a winter wildfire, part of what officials in California are calling a drought for the record books. We are facing perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen. Reporter: Unusually dry conditions are fueling what seems like a never ending fire season, the raging flames that pushed more than 1,000 people from their homes this week in the Los Angeles suburbs now only 30% contained. At the peak of the fire, hilltops look like volcanos, the land so dry it takes just minutes for a blaze to engulf a home, leaving nothing but ash and rubble. It was unbelievable. We were up in these hills putting out fires and we could hear it crackling and timber falling. Reporter: This drought is now covering two-thirds of the state, which is why residents are being urged to cut their water use by 20%. The town of Willets has only about a 100 day supply of water. The nearby reservoir is at 17% capacity, bad news for this car wash owner. If I have a shut down, that's my livelihood and I won't have an income. At some restaurants you won't get water unless you ask for it. Some good news though. The lake Hollywood reservoir here in Los Angeles is maintained for merge use only. Local water activists say they are still a long way from using

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