Despite rain, "drought is going to persist"

POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 3:17pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Many Central Texans experienced something last night they hadn't in a while... rain.

And though it may have only been enough to settle the dust, for those fighting fires the increased humidity definitely helps and brings a little extra security.

"It decreases the chance of fires and then the rate of spread, it also helps with nighttime recovery. The outlook is still that this drought is going to persist actually all the way into December," Texas Forest Service Public Information Officer, Sarah Saarloos said.

The burn ban is still in effect for Central Texas.

Authorities say there are two ways fires start, humans and lightning.

And now with the increased chance of rain, lightning becomes a main concern.

Officials ask that even with the rain, continue to be cautious.


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