Counties Seek State Aid as Drought Deepens in Oregon

California's drought is getting all the press, but much of Oregon is in the fourth year of drought, with this year now qualifying as "exceptional drought."
April 10, 2015, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The drought striking the West Coast is worsening in Oregon. According to Kelly House, "the Oregon Drought Council voted to forward emergency requests from Baker and Wheeler counties on to Brown. The governor has already declared drought emergencies in Malheur, Lake, Klamath, Harney and Crook counties.

"After four straight years of drought conditions, Oregon water managers say this summer will be the most brutal. So brutal, in fact, officials in charge of mapping water Oregon's shortages plan to take the rare action of bumping areas along the California border into the driest category on the charts."

The Oregon drought situation means water users are applying for emergency access to groundwater, and wildfire season has already begun in the region around the city of Bend.

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Published on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in The Oregonian
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