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Wildfire Risk High Remains in Arkansas

State forestry officials say the risk for wildfires remains high throughout Arkansas as dry conditions persist. The Arkansas Forestry Commission says firefighters have suppressed more than 100 wildfires since Thanksgiving. Those fires have burned a total of more than 1,800 …

Drought May Have Aided Storm That Walloped Maine, Northeast

Drought conditions across much of Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said. The storm cut power to nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in …

Foresters Say New Hampshire Drought Has Increased Threat of Wildfires

Drought conditions are making it harder to fight wildfires and New Hampshire residents should be vigilant about the increased threat, state forestry and fire officials say. Conditions range from abnormally dry to extreme drought in southern New Hampshire, making this …

Mississippi Governor Issues Indefinite Burn Ban for Entire State

The entire state of Mississippi has been put under a burn ban because of dry conditions. Gov. Phil Bryant issued the ban Tuesday at the request of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. It will last indefinitely. Much of the state is …

35 South Carolina Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas

Three-quarters of South Carolina’s counties have been designated primary natural disaster areas because of persistent drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month says 35 of the state’s 46 counties have the designation because of damages and losses caused by …

Drought Reaches Severe Level in Parts of North Carolina

Drought conditions are getting worse in western North Carolina, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor assessment released Sept. 10. Five counties in North Carolina are now considered to be in a severe drought. Those are Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, …

Drought Conditions Affecting 28 South Carolina Counties

Twenty-eight South Carolina counties are now in the first level of drought. The S.C. Drought Response Committee said June 19 that the counties are in the incipient level of drought. Places such as Florence, Manning and Hartsville have received less …

Drought-Ridden Wheat Belt Declared Disaster; Record Crop Insurance Claims Seen

The government declared much of the central and southern U.S. Wheat Belt a natural disaster area on Wednesday due to persistent drought that imperils this year’s winter wheat harvest. In its first disaster declaration of the new year, the Agriculture …

La Nina to Fade But South Should Expect Dry Conditions

The La Nina weather pattern blamed for a devastating drought in Texas and a bad dry spell in South America should be gone by the end of April, but its impact will persist in large swathes of the southern United …

Florida Drought Conditions Match Devastating 1998 Wildfire Season

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said drought conditions are the same as in 1998 when wildfires devastated Florida. Putnam told Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet colleagues Thursday that drought covers 93 percent of the state. In 1998, Flagler County was …