A herd of axis deer grazes in a pasture along Hanamu Road in Olinda recently. Drought conditions in Maui County are continuing to deteriorate and last month Upcountry farmers reported an increase in axis deer encroachments due to poor forage conditions, according to a drought information statement released Friday by Kevin Kodama, senior service hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Severe drought in June expanded to cover the west half of Molokai, lower elevations of Maui’s central valley and leeward areas of Lanai and Kahoolawe. A Kaupo rancher said he had to reduce his cattle and goat herds due to the drought. Also, ranchers on Molokai west of Kawela reported having to provide supplemental feed to support their herds, Kodama said. A Stage 1 water shortage for the Upcountry area went into effect July 2, prohibiting Upcountry consumers from using water for irrigation, watering lawns, washing vehicles or other nonessential activities.