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Drought conditions intensify across Northeast Texas

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Lamar County is currently listed in severe levels of drought, with drought levels across most of the rest of the region classifed as moderate.

Drought in Northeast Texas is intensifying this week, as sunny weather with high temperatures in the 90s and no rain combine to dry out soils and grasses. A brief respite of cooler temperatures and rain helped mitigate the drought a few weeks ago, but those gains have been reversed. Federal data show much of Northeast Texas as experiencing moderate levels of drought.

In Lamar County, conditions are particularly dry. Most of Lamar County is in severe levels of drought. The Texas A&M Forest Service rates wildfire danger levels at moderate across the region this week. Last week in Hunt County, firefighters contained an 8-acre grass fire near Neylandville. Currently bans on outdoor burning remain in effect in Collin, Rockwall and Dallas counties. There are no other burn bans currently in effect in Northeast Texas.