SALEM, Ore. — According to the latest update from the US Drought Monitor, there is no corner in Oregon that is not being touched by drought of some level.
The US Drought Monitor's report was released on Thursday, though it is dated June 8. Where previous weeks showed some areas of northeastern Oregon to be dry, but not in drought — "abnormally dry," by the Drought Monitor's terminology — those areas are now gone.
According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, the drought in Oregon is shaping up to be the most severe since 2015. The conditions bring increased concern as Oregon enters wildfire season.
Conditions are worst in central and south-central Oregon, where multiple counties are either under extreme or exceptional drought. Klamath and Lake counties bear the brunt of these dry conditions, sharing most of the state's exceptional drought status. Jackson County is evenly split between severe and extreme drought.
Nationally, drought conditions are most severe in the southwestern US, with large portions of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and New Mexico in exceptional or extreme drought.
"Hot, dry conditions dominated the West this week, which does not bode well for a drought-stricken U.S," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said. "The West, Upper Midwest, and Northeast all saw drought worsen or develop."