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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that five parts of Western New York are now suffering from moderate drought conditions.

Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie and Niagara Counties are being affected most due to the dry weather.

The lack of precipitation is causing local crops and vegetation to suffer, because so far this month we’ve only seen less than an inch of rain.

The USDA said this is the driest July in recorded history.

There is a chance of rain for Friday and Saturday, but forecasters said that chance is slim. 

The New YorkState branch of Homeland Security has issued a wildfire warning due to the dry conditions.

They’re cautioning people that fire spreads faster in dry weather. 

 

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