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Drought Might Prevent Yosemite Firefall This Year

Horsetail Fall is dry so far, making the February natural phenomenon unlikely without significant precipitation.

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Yosemite National Park’s famous “firefall,” a trick of the winter light that makes Horsetail Fall look like a glowing lava flow, might not occur this year thanks to California’s drought. The park reported no water in the fall as of last weekend.

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California is on track to plunge back into drought conditions, less than one year after lifting a state of emergency caused by a lack of moisture.