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Much of Taos County in Severe Drought


The numbers are in, and they don’t look good. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of Taos County is presenting in “severe drought” conditions as of mid-February’s reporting.


The U.S. Drought Monitor categorizes drought into intensity levels, which correspond with degrees to which the level can impact environments.


The current drought levels are a result of low snowfall, year after year. Taos County is a part of the 53 percent of the state currently in severe drought. To the east, Colfax County and Union County show positive indicators, sitting in levels of “abnormally dry” or no drought. Mora County and San Miguel County share similar widespread drought concerns as Taos County, with much of their counties listed as in severe drought.


Eddy, Hidalgo and Grant Counties in southern New Mexico appear to have the worst drought conditions currently, with the majority of their counties in the “exceptional drought” level.


In light of this data, fire preparedness is essential in the springtime. Clearing out old brush and trash around your home will create a barrier against wildfires. To learn more about how to fireproof your home, visit https://www.nifc.gov/fire-information/fire-prevention-education-mitigation/wildfire-mitigation/home.

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