Last Updated: Saturday, June 13, 2015

Oregon drought emergency covers more than half of its counties

Drought emergency in Oregon has now covered more than half of its counties after Gov. Kate Brown added four more in the list.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in four more Oregon counties, bringing the total to 19.  Drought, low snow pack levels, and low water conditions led 19 of Oregon’s 36 counties to be officially in a state of drought emergency, State of Oregon mentioned in a press release issued on June 12, 2015.

Governor Brown declared drought emergencies Friday in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties.

Brown used the announcement to push for a $56 million package in her proposed budget that would give local communities the tools to prepare for drought conditions that may persist for years to come.

"Oregon is only just beginning to face what will likely be an unprecedented wildfire season and drought,” said Brown.

In the first half of this year, Governor Brown has declared drought emergencies in nineteen counties: Baker, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Jospehine, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Wasco, and Wheeler.

In 2014, a total of nine counties were under drought emergencies.

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