The eastern quarter of North Dakota is no longer in drought or experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday. In addition, there is no longer any areas experiencing exceptional drought in the state.
Due to wetter and cooler conditions throughout western North Dakota, Grasslands Supervisor William O'Donnell has terminated fire restrictions for the Little Missouri National Grasslands.
“With the rain and cooler temperatures across western North Dakota, I directed U.S. Forest Service fire staff to conduct an analysis of the fuel conditions that could support wildfire on the Little Missouri National Grasslands," he said. "As a result of the analysis, I am lifting the fire restrictions on the Little Missouri National Grassland.”
Percentages of regions in each drought category significantly lessened over the past week.
• Areas in which conditions are normal increased from 11.07 percent to 28.02 percent.
• Abnormally dry regions dropped from 88.93 percent to 71.98 percent.
• Moderate drought conditions, which cover most of Burleigh and Morton counties, dropped from 62.85 percent of the state to 59.79 percent.
• Conditions of severe drought dropped from 23.49 percent to 18.90 percent.
• Areas of extreme drought dropped from 3.36 percent to 1.81 percent.
• Exceptional drought dropped from .41 percent to zero.
About .01 inches of rain fell in the Bismarck and Mandan areas in the past week. Year-to-date precipitation of 13.04 inches lags behind the average year-to-date precipitation of 15.58 inches, according to the Weather Underground.