ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The threat of forest fires in the american Southwest is significantly tempered by the monsoon season, but the region is still struggling with the long-term effects of drought.
Fire and climatic experts an update Wednesday on the situation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The region is currently home to the largest swath of severe and extreme drought in the U.S.
New Mexico’s governor issued a drought declaration earlier this month, the groundwater level is declining in Arizona, and the price of hay has doubled in the southwestern part of Colorado, as fire, to persist elsewhere.
In Utah, several counties have drought declarations in place after the warmest and least snowy winter since the 1800’s.
In the state of Arizona state climatologist, Nancy Selover, says most of the West is still far behind after missing the winter and spring moisture.