By Santiago Castillo |Staff Writer|
Gov. Jerry Brown proclaims that California is in the midst of its worst dry spell in a century.
Wildfires remain a threat due to the drought.
According to The Sun, “Unless the state gets significant rainfall in the next two months, television sets glowing with wildfires could play like reruns throughout the year.”
When asked about San Bernardino County being in danger of fire, Professor Joan E. Fryxell from the Department of Geological Science said, “The natural vegetation relies on winter rains as its primary moisture source. It hasn’t rained locally since mid-December, so the vegetation is much drier than average. That coupled with the warm air and the Santa Ana winds that we have experienced, puts the area at high risk for wildfires.”
Plants suffering from lack of precipitation combined with the high winds on our campus could increase the risk of a fire.
Students presented their concerns on the situation as well.
When asked what we can do to mitigate the risk of a fire during a drought, student Joshua Ocampo said, “One way we can minimize the risk of fire in California if rain doesn’t arrive soon is through hazardous vegetation management, making sure dead and highly flammable vegetation around areas where fire risk is high are removed so that risk of a fire to start is kept down.”
Water conservation adds to the consequences that California faces because of the drought.
CSUSB regulation of water usage may be mandatory if the drought continues.
“Mandatory conservation will go, costs will rise to force conservation, and it may get so bad where there might not be enough for drinking water,” said Professor Norman Meeks from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies about how the drought affects CSUSB.
Students have already began to take actions that can help them conserve water.
“One of the first things I would do is take short showers to reduce the loss of water,” said student Devonte Holston
Safety measures provide critical methods for Californians to stay safe and conserve water.
Student Mike Slater stresses the importance of identifying fire hazards, especially in really high risk areas.
According to Fryxell, safety measures practiced by Californians that will keep us safe are, “Make sure to remove anything flammable if you live in an area that has a high risk of a fire, keep vegetation watered adequately. Quit smoking. Be very careful with ignition sources.”
“We don’t know how long this will last but if it stays as dry as it has been this month we are going to be in a real major crisis. If this continues for another two months we will be facing serious issues,” said Meeks.
Brown believes that if the drought continues for another two months California will be in danger.