Drought persists in Big Country despite beneficial weekend rain

POSTED: 12:51 PM Sep 30 2013   UPDATED: 12:21 PM Oct 01 2013
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ABILENE, Texas -

Even though we've seen some nice rainfall lately, you can't forget about the drought or wildfire dangers.

Wildfire danger is low following heavy weekend rain but that same rain could present a problem further down the line.

If we enter a period of prolonged dry weather, the grass and brush that's getting a boost right now will dry out and become fuel for wildfires.

If that situation sounds familiar, it's because it happened a few years ago.

"Prior to the 2011 wildfire season we had a lot of tropical moisture in Texas in 2010", says Phillip Truitt, with the Texas A&M Forest Service, "there was a lot of rainfall and then we hit the drought of 2011 and that helped spur along that historically bad wildfire season for us."

If you're thinking of conducting a burn, the Texas A&M Forest Service recommends that you call your local authorities to get advice on the best way to manage your burn.

Also make sure you're not under a burn ban. You can find that information at http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=1991

Before the weekend rain, the Heartland and Concho Valley were abnormally dry while most of the Big Country was still experiencing a severe drought.

After the rain, the National Weather Service tells us that there will be some improvement but not much.

Agriculture benefited from the showers but groundwater is still lacking.

If you want to take a closer look at the drought monitor, visit http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S.