BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and other state officials have scheduled a public meeting in Golden Valley to talk about drought in North Dakota.

The two-hour meeting is in the town’s Community Hall on Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m. Central time, 9 a.m. Mountain time.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly all of western North Dakota in either severe or extreme drought. The conditions are impacting crops and livestock, and wildfires are a concern. One in the Little Missouri National Grassland this week has scorched 8 ½ square miles.

Burgum this week waived driving hour restrictions on commercial haulers of hay, water and livestock to help ranchers dealing with drought. The governor’s executive order also eases weight limits for trucks hauling hay and water.