Klamath County declares 2nd year of drought

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Updated: 2/04/2014 3:54 pm

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — With precipitation only 15 percent of average this season, Klamath County commissioners are declaring a drought for the second year in a row.

The Herald and News reports that commissioners voted Tuesday to declare a drought and will ask the governor to follow suit.

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

Last year's drought led to irrigation shutoffs for cattle ranchers in the upper basin, after the Klamath Tribes decided to exercise newly awarded senior water rights to protect fish on former reservation lands.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler says Klamath Falls has only 1.05 inches of precipitation since Sept. 1, compared to an average of 7.04 inches.

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