BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drought is continuing to worsen in western North Dakota, with more than 6 percent of the state now listed in "exceptional" drought.

That is the U.S. Drought Monitor's highest category. The latest weekly map shows areas of exceptional drought in southwestern and northwestern North Dakota.

Much of the rest of western North Dakota is in either severe or extreme drought. And much of eastern North Dakota is in moderate drought or abnormally dry.

Drought is ravaging crops, pastures and hay land, and also impacting wildlife. The federal government has declared numerous North Dakota counties to be disaster areas, paving the way for federal aid.