EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Despite recent rains returning to East Texas over the past week, we still have moderate-to-severe drought conditions that persist across most of the Piney Woods.
Nearly all of the Piney Woods is in a moderate drought, while a severe drought is noted by the orange shaded color on the image shown. The severe drought encompasses areas from Grapeland to Palestine, and then extending east through the Alto and Rusk areas in Cherokee county. There is also a sliver of severe drought that takes place near Hemphill, right along Lake Toledo Bend.
The one bit of good news is that the soaking showers that fell across the southern parts of East Texas was enough to erase the drought for areas along and south of a Trinity to Livingston to Jasper line. Since the soil moisture content increased to sufficient levels, that was enough to help remove the drought for those areas.
In addition to the drought still lingering over most of Deep East Texas, we also have burn bans that remain in effect for all of our counties and communities in Deep East Texas except for Rusk county, which lifted theirs earlier today.
As always, you can find out which counties are included in the burn ban list by checking our weather page daily.