A few good May showers have made area pastures a little more green than this time last summer. A year ago, the KVSH area was roughly an inch or so below normal for precipitation. Going into the first week of June, most of the region is right at average, or just above. The extended outlook also predicts an above average precipitation in late June and early July.

While conditions have improved over the last few months, Cherry County Emergency Management Director Matt Sandoz says that folks still need to take some steps to help mitigate the fire risk in the area. Sandoz asks area ranchers to please continue to keep those stock tanks full in the unfortunate event that a grass fire arises. Also, some common sense for motorists to be cautious driving through tall grass and keep those cigarette butts in the ashtrays and not discarded on the side of the road.