As might be expected, the drought in Arkansas has continued to worsen.
This week's Drought Monitor shows 31.73% of the state is now in extreme drought. Last week, it was only 0.21%.
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Original Story (June 21):
Drought conditions are getting worse across Arkansas.
The dry weather greatly increases the wildfire danger. Just yesterday, there were large brush fires in Faulkner County and West Little Rock.
The latest information shows drought conditions moving from moderate to severe for a larger portion of Arkansas.
While 94-percent of the state is under a moderate drought (up from 84-percent last week), most of that area, 84-percent to be exact, is now under a severe drought (up from 0.27-percent last week).
Northeastern Clay County is one area now in extreme drought.
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Those numbers have been climbing since Arkansas has not seen much rain in weeks for some areas and months for others. High temperatures above 90 are another contributing factor.
The dry conditions mean forestry officials are keeping a close eye on the wildfire danger across the state. The danger is moderate for most of the state and high for several southern counties near the Louisiana border, including Hempstead, Nevada, Ouachita, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia, and Union.
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More than two dozen counties have issued burn bans amid the persistent dry weather.
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The latest round of drought conditions developed over Arkansas in 2010, mainly across the state's southeast half. In 2011, the drought continued through much of the year and spread across the south and west.
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