An updated drought conditions map from the National Weather Service shows extreme drought conditions spreading in Leavenworth County.

An updated drought conditions map from the National Weather Service shows extreme drought conditions spreading in Leavenworth County.

The NWS in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, posts a weekly drought information statement online.

A report last week showed that much of southern Leavenworth County already was considered to be in an extreme drought condition. But the most recent report, which was published Thursday, shows that portions of west-central and northwest Leavenworth County also are in an extreme drought. Northeast Leavenworth County remains in what is considered a severe drought condition.

According to the drought information statement, a severe drought can result in things such as crop or pasture losses and a high fire risk. An extreme drought can result in things such as major crop and pasture losses and extreme fire danger.

There is another level of drought classification listed on the drought information statement that is worse than extreme drought. But no area of Leavenworth County is in an exceptional drought condition.

In July, Gov. Jeff Colyer issued an executive order that placed all of Leavenworth County in a drought warning status.

There have been a few rain showers this past week in Leavenworth County. But Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said it would take 12-14 inches of rain within a month's time for the county to catch up to where it needs to be and end the drought.

The NWS drought statement can be found at www.weather.gov/media/eax/drought/drought.pdf. Additional information about drought conditions in Leavenworth County can be found on the Kansas Water Office website at www.kwo.ks.gov/reports2/climate-and-drought-monitoring-response.

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