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California is drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade

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Californians have a lot to be happy about, she said, but Blunden warned that could change.

"Dry conditions can easily creep back in," she said. "That's why we adjust the map every week. The conditions change -- and they can change fast sometimes."

Brown's declaration was made after record rainfall in 2017. Then, in 2018, the state broke more records following an extremely dry winter.

"We did see such major drought for five years," Blunden said. "All of these storms came along and alleviated the drought. Everybody thought we were out of the woods, but then it came right back.

"I think drought conditions can sneak up on you very quickly. It is good to be cautious and always think about conserving water."


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