Record dry spell raises fears of drought's return in California

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PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) - California's water managers are saying it's too early for fears that the state is sliding back into its historic five-year drought.

Water officials carry out the first of their routine seasonal snow surveys in the Sierra on Wednesday. Water officials use the event to take stock of the Sierra snowpack, which supplies Californians with nearly two-thirds of their water supply in a good year.

Last month's record wildfires in Southern California already have made clear that this year is unusually dry so far. The National Weather Service says residents of Los Angeles last saw significant rain in February. That makes the past 10 months the driest on record there.

Sierra snowpack stands at one-fourth of normal.

Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson says state reservoirs are in good shape after last year's rains. Carlson says the state's peak rainy season still has two months to go.

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