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How to take care of yourself during the drought

In the wake of last week’s massive fires, which destroyed tens of thousands of acres of timber and other forestland in the Great Basin, many Americans are taking to the outdoors.

In the past few weeks, a rash of fires have scorched much of the state, including Yosemite National Park, where residents are being warned to pack a survival kit and take precautions.

But a fire has also been raging in San Juan County, just east of Yosemite, and officials have declared a state of emergency, warning residents to stay away from homes, businesses and public transportation as well as fire trucks.

The fires are expected to be contained, but the potential for a larger wildfire remains, officials said in a statement.

“While we continue to assess the situation, we are continuing to assess potential impacts on other public lands,” the statement said.

“As we do, we will continue to communicate with state, local and tribal officials to ensure that all options are on the table.”

San Juan County is about 40 kilometres northwest of the park’s southern border.

Officials in San Diego County and the northern part of the United States have also declared state of emergencies.

Firefighters battle a wildfire near the town of West Largo, California, on Jan. 12, 2017.

(Photo: Matt York, AP)The fires have forced tens of millions of dollars in damages to the economy, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and have prompted calls for greater public involvement in fire management.

A fire near the small town of Woodland Park, in northern California, forced evacuations and caused more than $1 billion in damage, according the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Several fires in California have burned through more than 4,000 square kilometres, according National Fire Protection Association figures, and many communities have been forced to close for weeks or months.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation directing federal agencies to take additional measures to protect public lands, including cutting down trees, restricting travel, and closing roads.

“I will not tolerate a fire in the public lands of California, I will not stand for a fire, I won’t tolerate a loss of public lands in the American West,” he said in the proclamation.

It’s the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration that have been met with strong criticism.

In December, Trump announced the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and other projects that have threatened water supplies and threatened the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

Last year, he signed an executive order that temporarily halted the federal government’s use of the term “wildfire” in federal law enforcement and emergency response.

“We must continue to make sure that our public lands are protected from wildfires,” said a statement from the San Diego Padres.

“This includes working with the state and local governments to address wildfire threats in the national parks and other public areas.”

Read more about wildfires:Read or Share this story: Associated Press Writer Roberta Rampton in San Francisco contributed to this report.