State officials prepare for potential drought conditions

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While some are still holding out hope for spring rains to help ease the drought, the state is preparing for a worst case scenario.

Almost all of North Dakota is still experiencing drought conditions. State officials are preparing for the worst.

"March and April are some of our wetter months so we've got a chance to come out of it yet, but where things stand today we are abnormally dry and preparing for potential drought and the things that come along with drought like wild fires," said Cody Schulz, North Dakota director of Homeland Security.

And growers can still expect the drought to have an impact on their early crops.

"The Northern plains western spring wheat belt is still somewhat dry and he had a short fall last year in production, which lowered our carry outs," said Eugene Graner, Heartland Investors.

The main concern for the state remains wild fires.

"Fire starts are going to become more common. So we're already starting to communicate with our local emergency managers, provide some education for things we can do if that happens burn bans being one of those things," said Schulz.

While wild fires is a primary concern for emergency services farmers and ranchers will undoubtedly have to prepare for poor crop production.

For a list of resources the state is directing farmers, ranchers and fire departments to, go to the ndreponse.gov