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California declares drought as early wildfires rage

18 January 2014 Last updated at 04:56 GMT

The governor of California has declared a state-wide drought, urging residents to conserve water in what could be the state's driest year on record.

The declaration by Governor Jerry Brown also means farmers will receive aid and more firefighters will be employed.

Alastair Leithead reports.

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