RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal climatologists say all of Nevada is now in some stage of drought and nearly two-thirds of the state is in severe drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor puts 11 counties in the category of severe drought and the other six in moderate drought. The moderate zone is mostly in the middle of the state.
Nevada's Drought Response Committee says those six counties are under a Stage 1 Drought Watch - Carson, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye.
The more serious State 2 Drought Alert is in effect for the others: Churchill, Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine counties.
If any counties move into Stage 3 Emergency Drought, the panel will advise the governor on whether to declare an emergency and seek federal assistance.