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Panel says drought is not over yet


HELENA - The state Drought Advisory Committee said Thursday that Montana is facing a moderate chance of drought this summer, changing the state's status from a condition of continuing drought.

The panel was told that spring moisture has capped many mountain ranges with near-normal snow levels, and many reservoir levels have improved. But drought conditions persist in other areas, such as Beaverhead County.

The panel agreed that a few months of moisture is not enough to keep the state from returning to drought conditions if a hot, dry summer hits Montana.

''The potential for us to slip back...

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