Information from the Texas Water Development Board indicates the current drought will continue through at least the end of this year. About half of Palo Pinto County is in am "extreme" drought and the eastern half in"severe." The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, from Texas A&M, shows extremely dry conditions the entire county, suseptible to wildfire. Fortunately, officials have reported higher than usual humidity and low wind speeds have helped reduce that risk. THe National Weather Service did report that any lightning strikes could start grass fires. As a reminder, Palo Pinto County is under a burn ban.