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January 16, 2014
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Monitor Pass reopens

There was so little snow in the Sierra that Monitor Pass reopened this week after only six weeks.

The California Department of Transportation closed the pass for the winter on Dec. 9, 2013. This was the first year in the last seven that the pass reopened before April.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared a drought natural disaster in nine Nevada counties, including Lyon.

Douglas and Mono county farmers and ranchers are eligible for natural disaster assistance because they are in neighboring counties.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Douglas is experiencing an extreme drought, along with the rest of Western Nevada. Portions of Churchill, Pershing and Lander counties are experiencing exceptional drought.

A red flag warning for low humidity and gusty easterly winds is in effect through 9 a.m. today for the Sierra Nevada crest. A red flag warning indicates critical fire weather.

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The Record Courier Updated Jan 18, 2014 09:59AM Published Jan 16, 2014 06:16PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.