By Dan Shapley
Fourth of July fireworks in Georgia may be canceled out of fear they'll set the parched earth ablaze. California ranchers are selling cattle or trucking them to greener pastures as their grass browns and dies. Lake Okeechobee, in southern Florida, is so dry treasure hunters are scouring the lake bed for prehistoric artifacts exposed by the record-low lake levels. In Alabama, catfish farms are suffering alongside wheat and corn growers, as irrigation ponds and fisheries dwindle. In Minnesota, canoe rentals are following lake and river levels -- down. Oh, and did we mention wildfires? The parched earth is burning, fireworks or no, according to a story in the June 8 USA Today.