Rain Not Enough To Quell Fire Threat

Despite the rain much of Texoma received over the weekend, the fire threat continues to loom. Fire experts say there just wasn't enough rainfall to quell the risk.

Wichita Falls officially received .35", as measured on Sheppard Air Force Base. Other areas, especially to the north and east, received as much as 6". Still, the entire area is well-under rainfall averages.

"The rain is not helping at all right now. With the area we have right now, we have not gotten enough rain to stop another range fire," said Henrietta VFD Chief Mike Roberts. Roberts says the wind dries out the grass, depleting any moisture left by the rain.

Once the grass turns green, fire crews will have a better chance of stopping any blazes that spark. That is still a few weeks off. "With the little bit of rain we got the other day it will take 2-3 weeks before it grows up enough to make a dent in what we need to do," said Roberts.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6