Caught between heat, drought and dwindling water, California adapts

Burnt-out cars lay about in Greenville.
Burnt-out cars lay about in Greenville.ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

SAN FRANCISCO - On the winding road through the rock cliffs and pine-clad gorges of the Plumas National Forest north of San Francisco, the car radio buzzed at least three times a day with evacuation warnings.

A thin yellow haze and smell of pine smoke blanketed the hills. In patches, the fires had reached the road; trees were reduced to burnt-out sticks. Clean-up crews with heavy machinery were clearing debris and cars stopped and waited for a pilot vehicle to take them in convoy on one-way roads.

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