Oregon Governor Brown speaks at the state capital building in Salem

Oregon governor expands drought declaration

Oregon Governor Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemBy Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations the Democrat made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels. Continuing drought has caused “natural and economic disaster conditions” in Oregon’s Crook, Harney and Klamath counties, heightening wildfire risk, and threatening wildlife and agriculture, Brown said in her declaration. “Oregon’s unusually warm and dry winter has potentially dire consequences,” Brown said on Monday. The drought declarations in Oregon come as below-average rain and snow levels have threatened agriculture in parts of the U.S. West.

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