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Jackson County has been added to an growing list of Oregon counties declared to be in a drought emergency by order of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Kitzhaber signed an executive order Tuesday at the request of Jackson County commissioners who asked for the declaration in March; the Oregon Drought Council approved the recommendation in April based on water conditions, long-range forecast and the effect on agriculture.
In February, Kitzhaber declared drought emergencies in Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur counties, and added Crook County to that list in April. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly the entire southern half of the state is in moderate to extreme drought.
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