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Drought Information



Long-term drought remains from the Big Country into Central Texas
and is expected to persist throughout the spring.

Additional information can be found in our Drought Information Statement.


U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook


Current Drought Conditions


U.S. Drought Monitor


U.S. Drought Monitor - North and Central Texas


U.S. Drought Monitor - Texas


Fire Danger


Despite some freezing temperatures during March, the spring growing season has begun.  This vegetation tends to maintain its moisture between rain events, limiting fire initiation and spread.  But where drought conditions remain, emergence from winter dormancy can be delayed, and new spring growth may be drought-stressed.  In these areas, there will remain fire weather concerns until adequate rainfall occurs.  The days of greatest concern for grassfires are those that are sunny and warm with low humidity, especially if it is also breezy.  Although few outdoor burn bans remain within North and Central Texas, it is still important to be vigilant about fire usageAvoid open flames near dry vegetation, and assure all coals and embers are fully extinguished.


Texas Outdoor Burn Bans

Keetch-Byram Drought Index

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index is a drought statistic specifically designed to assess fire danger.



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 National Integrated Drought Information System

 National Drought Mitigation Center

  Drought Impact Reporter

  Precipitation Estimates

  Lake Levels