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Drought conditions continue to worsen in Arkansas

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Drought conditions are worsening in Arkansas as summer starts to heat up.
   
New U.S. Drought Monitor data released Thursday show that severe drought has cropped up in a small section of northwest Arkansas and southwest Arkansas.

Nearly all the state is experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions.
   
The severe drought was reported in Madison, Newton and Searcy counties in northern Arkansas.

It was also reported in Little River, Hempstead, Miller, Nevada and Ouachita counties in southwest Arkansas.
   
Miller County farmer Wayne Hinds says this is his first year to participate in the Gateway Farmers Market in Texarkana, Arkansas.

While he's enjoyed the experience, he says the weather hasn't been as favorable.

The rains are a hit and miss in Miller County.

Hinds has been trying to conserve his well water, but says he needs it to keep his tomatoes growing.

"I document the weather everyday and we haven't had any measurable rain in 29 days," said Hinds.
 
Northeastern Arkansas is the only area not experiencing drought conditions.
   
The Arkansas Forestry Commission says burn bans are in place in 34 counties.

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