Governor declares drought relief for Malheur County

Lake goers ride jet skis to cool off last summer at Bully Creek Reservoir. Water will be a key issue over the coming months as drought lingers and Gov. Kate Brown approved help for Malheur County Monday. (The Enterprise/FILE)

VALE – Gov. Kate Brown Monday approved drought declarations for Malheur County and three other counties as part of an executive order to provide state resources as reservoir levels and snowpack across the region remain low.

 “Forecasted water supply conditions and precipitation levels are not expected to improve. Extreme conditions are expected to affect local growers and livestock, increase the potential for fire and shorten the growing season, and decreased water supplies,” the governor’s order said.

The executive outlined fives steps the state will take to help Malheur, Deschutes, Grant, Lake and counties. Malheur County issued . . .