Area in drought conditions

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

 

Just because winter is on our doorsteps doesn’t mean we couldn’t use a good rain.
It’s been weeks since Grenada and surrounding areas have had a significant rainfall, and the land is feeling the effects of dry weather.
According to experts, like Dennie Dauterige, regional forester for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, drought conditions are being felt due to the lack of rain across the entire state.
“It’s pretty dry out here,” Dauterige said. “Right now we’re the driest part of the state.”
Dauterige’s region covers 22 counties that stretch from the Mississippi River to the Alabama State Line in Lowndes County.
Dauterige said a drought index shows Grenada County and the rest of North Mississippi in a dangerous spot.
He said in the last the last several weeks, his district has had only one inch of rain, which have made things a lot more dangerous.
“Out of the 22 counties in my district, there’s only been a few fires,” Dauterige said. “What concerns me is there’s only a little rain in the forecast.”
According to Dauterige, a drought index goes from zero to 800, where zero is basically under water and 800 being desert-like conditions. Dauterige said right now Grenada County is at 700.
If the dry conditions continue, there could be concern for wildfires and the ability to fight them if they were to happen.

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