The governor of Oregon declared a drought in four of the state’s counties on Friday, Feb. 14, according to KATU. The areas are located in the high desert of southeastern Oregon that the U.S. Drought Monitor shows as experiencing extreme drought.
Each of the four counties applied for the designation, which should give their governing bodies more flexibility in water management. Other counties are expected to follow.
The declaration applies to Harney, Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties. Others throughout the state are not seeing conditions as bad. Still, most of Oregon is experiencing severe drought.