Crook County issues drought declaration

, Posted: Fri, February 21 2014 at 12:58 AM, Updated: Fri, February 21 2014 at 1:05 AM

Crook County issues drought declaration

Prineville, Ore. -- (KTVZ) The Crook County Court on Wednesday night adopted a "declaration of local disaster" and asked the state to declare a drought emergency due to the continuing impacts of drought conditions.

The commissioners also approved a letter asking Gov. John Kitzhaber to follow suit with his own drought declaration and a state of emergency.

The county order is the first step toward setting up government aid for farmers and ranchers.

The Governor’s Drought Council plans to meet again on March 4th to consider additional recommendations. Crook County is the fifth Oregon county to file such a motion with the governor’s office. On Feb. 14, the governor approved drought declarations from Malheur, Harney, Lake and Klamath counties.

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