Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Officials Warn of Drought, Fires Likely

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Officials Warn of Drought, Fires Likely

Article excerpt

No formal burn bans have been issued in Southwestern Indiana, but officials warn that because of the current dry conditions, a fire could easily spread if sparked. According to the National Weather Service, there is an elevated risk of fire danger for the entire region - which includes portions of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri - until it rains again. There is a slight chance of isolated weekend storms in the area, but as of Wednesday's forecast, that precipitation is likely to miss Evansville.

Officially, as of last week, most of Vanderburgh County and all of Posey County was already in a severe drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor. The rest of Southwestern

Indiana was classified as being in a moderate drought. Updated weekly classifications are released every Thursday.

Through Wednesday, only 0.11 inches of rain has fallen so far this month, according to the National Weather Service. That's 1.60 inches below normal as of June 13. …

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