The 2018 drought, coupled with the February snowstorm, took a toll on forested lands in Douglas County, according to Phil Morton, executive director of the county Farm Service Agency.
After several substantial winter and early spring storms, Douglas County is completely drought-free for the first time in almost a year, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
After the biggest snowstorm in decades hit Douglas County this week, the one upside may be drought relief.
A “powerful” pacific storm that began drenching the West Coast on Wednesday is expected to include rain for Douglas County through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area, near the Miles Fire, were reduced to level 2 as of 6 p.m. Friday, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Weakened by the recent droughts, large numbers of trees throughout southwestern Oregon are dying off and may continue to do so for months to come, experts say.