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There is trouble ahead for the Colorado River as AP reported this week that the water level behind Hoover Dam in Lake Mead is expected to fall short in 2018, which would trigger cuts to water deliveries.

The results of the new “stress tests” where urban water suppliers submit plans showing a three-year water supply, have resulted in the vast majority declaring no water conservation goals.

Another large wildfire erupted this week in California, around 60 miles (97km) east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. The fast-moving Blue Cut fire, as it has been dubbed, has prompted evacuations for 82,000 residents.

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