Fire danger and drought improve compared to last year - KOTA Territory News

Fire danger and drought improve compared to last year


It's a much different situation this year when you compare it to 2012.

Daily showers, storms, and severe weather seems to be making the headlines this year, while last year it was heat, drought, and fire.
As of now about 22% of South Dakota is in drought, and 83% of Wyoming.

At this time last year, the drought conditions in South Dakota along with the fire danger were spiraling out of control.

In September 2012 more than 91% of South Dakota was in drought, 5% was in the highest category, Exceptional.

That in turn gave us fire dangers reaching the extreme to critical levels every day.

Numerous fires were breaking out on nearly a daily basis.

This year, fire dangers in the southern hills and Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming are still high to very high, because of lack of rainfall.

However, the northern hills and northern prairies are in low to moderate fire dangers, thanks to consistent rains. Saturday night many locations in Perkins and Harding Counties reported between three and six inches of rain.
It's worth noting that the peak of the drought in South Dakota was during the winter months, with 98% of the state in drought, including more than 10% in the highest category.

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