AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott has declared drought in 53 Texas counties. In a release from the Office of the Governor Friday, counties in the Big Country and the Concho Valley were among those included in the declaration.

Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Eastland, Glasscock, Irion, Jones, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Nolan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Taylor and Tom Green were among the 53 Abbott said exhibit exceptional drought conditions, posing a threat of imminent disaster.

The declaration cited significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions continue to increase the threat of wildfire across these portions of the state, which pose an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy.

Abbott authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.