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Governor orders more actions on California drought

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a second executive order to deal with California's drought, taking additional steps to help fight wildfires and assist cities and farmers.

The order he issued Friday streamlines contracting rules for purchasing firefighting equipment and allows property owners to quickly clear brush and dying trees from their land.

It sidesteps the California Environmental Quality Act through year's end on some actions intended to limit environmental damage.

The order also directs state water regulators to accelerate approvals of voluntary water transfers to assist farmers and orders wildlife officials to take steps to help winter-run Chinook salmon and other fish survive the drought.

Brown issued his first drought-related executive order in January, before a series of storms began providing some relief.

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