CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials expect moderate to extreme drought to persist and spread throughout the state.

The multiyear drought is Wyoming's worst since 2013. Last year was Wyoming’s fifth driest and 16th warmest since 1895.

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The Casper Star-Tribune reports even parts of the state with average or above-average precipitation got it earlier in the year than usual.

Ian Tator with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says that leaves those areas just as susceptible to drought now. Scientists expect the trend to worsen due to climate change. The result: More wildfires and strain for wildlife, farmers and ranchers.

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