National Drought Mitigation Center

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Fire restrictions, vegetation dropping leaves early in Stevens County, Washington
9/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Relief, Response & Restrictions
Water Supply & Quality
Stevens County, WA

Start Date: 9/9/2017 -  
Still only 0.04 inches of rain since June 4th. Had some tractor work done on piece of property and soil moisture was absent to at least a depth of 48 inches, powder dry. Fire danger still Very High with air quality varying from unhealthy to very unhealthy due to wildland fire smoke from surrounding counties, other states and British Columbia. Industrial Fire precaution level remains at partial woods shutdown for all activities. Bumper crop of wild turkey hatch-lings now causing considerable damage to local gardens due to lack of food in the wild. Native wildland vegetation continues to show signs of drought stress by early dropping of leaves. Springs, creeks and small streams showing lower flows than last report. Many of the small ponds that were brim full due to the heavy Spring rains are now dry or close to it. With the average frost date fast approaching, third cutting of irrigated hay crops has been mostly cut and baling has begun but crop growth is only an average of 12-16 inches tall but appears to be high quality. Reduced tourism continues due to fire danger and persistent wildland smoke. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Evans 2.0 NNW on 9/9/2017