Governor declares drought emergency
TOPEKA, Kan – Kansas governor Jeff Colyer has issued declarations for all 105 counties with the continuing drought conditions.
One declaration places 28 counties in emergency status, with 29 in a warning status and 48 counties under a drought watch.
County Drought Stage Declarations: Drought Emergency: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hamilton, Harper, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Meade, Morton, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner Drought Warning: Allen, Butler, Chautauqua, Chase, Cowley, Dickinson, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth, Greeley, Greenwood, Harvey, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Ness, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Trego, Wallace, Wichita, Wilson, Woodson Drought Watch: Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Brown, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Crawford, Decatur, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Gove, Graham, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Mitchell, Nemaha, Norton, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wyandotte The governor said the entire state has been involved in drought or abnormally dry conditions for the past several weeks, and that has created an extremely high risk of fire hazards.
Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter said the governor’s drought response team will be watching the situation closely and it will make recommendations to the governor for dealing with the conditions.
Counties in an emergency stage are eligible for emergency use of water from certain state fishing lakes under an agreement with the state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
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