Almost all of Beltrami County in an extreme drought, drought deepens across state

Featured submitted photo: Gov. Tim Walz visited a Polk County farm yesterday to survey drought conditions.

Drought conditions were recently updated and now almost all of Beltrami County is in an extreme drought, joining 19 percent of the state.

Last week, only four percent of the state was in an extreme drought.

Fire danger remains extremely high and burning restrictions will continue in the area.

Campfires are only allowed in an established fire ring associated with a home, campground, or resort.

ireworks and campfires at dispersed and backcountry campsites are prohibited.

At least 72 percent of the rest of the state is in a severe drought, and the US Department of Agriculture will likely soon issue disaster declarations in additional counties.

“After a year that challenged Minnesotans across the state, our farmers are suffering yet another setback from the persistent drought,” said Governor Walz.

“Minnesota farmers and ranchers feed not just Minnesota but the entire world, and this drought is threatening their livelihoods. We continue to maintain close communication with our federal partners and the agricultural community to ensure we’re providing the support and flexibility our farmers and ranchers need during this challenging time.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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