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As the dry, windy heat wave continues to pound on Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback recently updates his Drought Declaration.
The update now includes all 105 counties.
"Below normal precipitation patterns are not only depleting available soil moisture, but these types of conditions have resulted in numerous fires, as well," Brownback said.
Sedgwick County, as well as surrounding Butler, Harvey, Reno, Kingman, Harper and Sumner, are among 55 counties included in the drought warning. Cowley County is one of 14 in watch status. In all, 36 counties have received emergency status.
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman is asking United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency county executive directors to evaluate drought conditions.
"We urge you to take all steps necessary to expedite evaluation of crop conditions, soil moisture and precipitation levels in your county and ask your county board to continuously monitor the situation on the ground," said Rodman in a letter.
Rodman said a disaster designation request made by the governor could lead to USDA-FSA emergency loans and help from the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program.