It’s been sprinkly here in Aberdeen this weekend, but there’s still a lot of dry grass around town. According to the latest University of Nebraska–Lincoln Drought Monitor, Brown County is just outside one of the two hottest drought spots in South Dakota:
The north and south ends of the Missouri River were the driest spots in South Dakota this week.
Luckily for tree lovers, the one spot in the state not lighting up the drought map is now the southern Black Hills, in a blob centered on Custer County. The United States Geological Service says fire danger in the Black Hills National Forest is accordingly low:
But remember: you still can’t shoot fireworks in our national forests or state parks.