‘Abnormally dry’ conditions expand; encompasses all of Lake Cumberland area

The U.S. Drought Index was updated on Thursday and the latest data shows an expansion of “abnormally dry” conditions across most of the state, including all of Russell County and the rest of the Lake Cumberland area.

There are also now moderate-to-severe drought conditions showing up in far western Kentucky.

With no measurable rainfall in the forecast through at least midweek next week, there is now an elevated fire danger.