Just how dry is it?  Here in the Sioux Falls area not as bad as other areas of the state.

We've been fortunate to get some light showers the past few weeks when other parts of South Dakota haven't seen rain all summer.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an emergency fire declaration for 13 counties.

The governor says the declaration allows state government services to be used as necessary to help the designated counties. It also calls for an air tanker plane to be stationed in Pierre.

The declaration is for Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Stanley counties.

Daugaard says widespread drought, low humidity and high temperatures have led to a serious fire hazard in those counties.