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Dry Weather Impacting Water Users And Wildfires

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For the first time in 38 years, the tribes in the Klamath river basin have first rights to the precious water in the region. Some agricultural water users are worried that with ongoing drought conditions, the tribes will restrict their access and fear there will not be enough water to go around.

Meanwhile, the dry conditions have also facilitated an early start to the Northwest fire season. Fire crews battled a blaze near La Pine last weekend, and officials are gearing up for an intense season

Are you affected by limited water in the Klamath Basin or the threats from wildfires?


  • Jeff Mitchell: Lead water negotiator for the Klamath Tribes
  • Roger Nicholson: Cattle rancher in Ft. Klamath
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