Much of Idaho has been untouched by drought so far this year, but dry conditions are beginning to creep in.
The driest part of Idaho has consistently been the northern tip of the panhandle, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
All of Boundary and parts of Bonner counties are in severe drought, with moderate drought affecting parts of Kootenai and Shoshone counties.
That’s where forecasts from the National Interagency Fire Center show the most risk for big burns in the next couple of months. That risk is expected to be average for the rest of the state.
Other parts of Idaho are becoming increasingly dry.
It runs as a band down the state’s eastern border with Montana, dipping into much of Lemhi County and close to Challis.
More than 40% of Idaho was abnormally dry or in some stage of drought at this time last year.
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