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Skagit County now in drought

Twenty-six percent of Skagit County’s population, 30,180 people, were affected by drought for the first time last week, the National Integrated Drought Information System reported on July 8. Moderate drought conditions cover 25.8% of Skagit County. The flats and east into the Cascade foothills face increased fire danger, low river flow and possible dust storms.

Abnormally dry conditions cover 59%, more than the entire eastern half, of the county. The 1-month outlook forecasts a 33% probability of below-normal precipitation with drought development likely, the June 30 update stated.

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