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It's hot. High temperatures and a lack of rain have brought about the country's widest-ranging drought since the 1950s. The entire state of Missouri has been declared a federal disaster area, along with 82 counties in Kansas. Crops are struggling to survive, and so are cattle farmers who can't feed their livestock.

Nixon Warns Of Fall Wildfire Risk In Missouri

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Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state. 

Governor Jay Nixon presided over a drought briefing at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers. 

Nixon says the wildfire risk will stretch into fall, as drought conditions are now expected to last through November.

“When the leaves get brown, they’re easier to burn than when they’re green, and consequently I think the fire challenges we’re going to face in the fall stand a chance to be more significant even than they’ve been this summer,” says Nixon.

Nixon also announced that more than 4,900 water project applications from farmers have been approved, as part of an emergency program announced last month. 

The governor also says they’re continuing to monitor river levels on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

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