A lack of rain and hot conditions are being blamed for moving the New South Wales south east closer to drought.
The latest drought study by the Department of Primary Industries has found the South East region to be ranked as satisfactory.
The review of drought conditions incorporates a study of climactic events and a review of water and pasture availability.
The Chairwoman of the South East Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Ellen Green says rain is desperately needed.
â??I think the farming community have really got it in front of them,â?? she said.
â??Not just are they facing hard grazing conditions for their stock, but they're also on fire alert and one goes with the other unfortunately.â??
Ms Green says conditions have worsened in the south east.
â??There's been no substantial rain whatsoever, so we'll re-address that at the end of the month, we'll put in our report,â?? she said.
The south east is still one of the least drought affected areas of the state, with 73 per cent of land classified as 'marginally in drought'- which is an increase of almost 26 per cent from last month.
The next assessment will be made at the end of January.
© ABC 2013
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