EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon's drought is officially the second worst in the state's history as dry conditions continue to worsen, according to the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
In western Oregon, extreme drought conditions have crept into central Lane and Linn counties. At 54 percent, over half of the state is experiencing extreme drought conditions which means they may see high wildfire activity and drying lakes.
JUST IN: The US Drought Monitor updated this morning, and conditions have worsened significantly across the state. The extreme drought has expanded into Linn County, with over half the state in this category. We are now in the 2nd worst drought on record, only behind 2015. #ORWx pic.twitter.com/5GnK94gD8b
— Ben Ames (@BenAmesWx) July 15, 2021
Exceptional drought conditions cover 11.62 percent of the state, largely in central Oregon. This is the highest percentage on record, meaning those areas may experience an extensive fire season with depleted surface water.
The entire state is in moderate or worse drought conditions.