In Oklahoma, Gary O’Neil, with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, says wildfires have not been as damaging as they have been in Texas but a ‘significant number  are popping up. We had more over the weekend,” he says. “Fortunately, we have not heard of any significant damage, loss of livestock or infrastructure.”

But the drought is wreaking havoc on the wheat crop. “We expect significant yield losses,” O’Neil says. “Areas in the eastern part of the state have gotten some rain but Western Oklahoma remains dry.”

He says wheat for forage is not providing enough vegetation to graze out cattle. “Some corn is out of the ground but without more rain it will not survive.”

He says the period from Thanksgiving until now represents the driest six months on record in Oklahoma.