Extreme and exceptional are not how you want to have your drought described. With more than half of the west in those conditions- something we haven't seen in more than 30 years- we are poised for a potent fire season.
While drought can be bad for fires, it has a more immediate effect on agriculture. This year, it's had a sudden impact on certain southern farmers by shortening their growing season.
It's almost the season for fireworks, but not if you live in a certain mountain community. The city of Hailey issued a ban on fireworks for the upcoming Independence Day.