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June 15, 2021

Drought halts Idaho irrigation

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Water managers are cutting off irrigation flows to farmers in Idaho's Wood River basin and wildlife officials are scrambling to move fish to safer waters as a severe drought grips the area.

Farmers got 27 days of water this year before the Magic Reservoir reached 4% capacity, prompting the Big Wood Canal Company to shut off the water Thursday. The reservoir feeds about 36,000 acres (14,500 hectares) of farmland.

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