Friday rains a welcome sight across the regionFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today's rain is a welcome sight for farmers, gardeners and firefighters who've been busy battling grass fires over the last few weeks. Will today's rain be enough to get some the burning restrictions that are in place lifted?
Today's rain is a welcome sight for farmers, gardeners and firefighters who've been busy battling grass fires over the last few weeks. Will today's rain be enough to get some the burning restrictions that are in place lifted?
So far the rain amounts in the Fargo area have not been that impressive, but it may be just enough to green up the grass in ditches like this one here North of Fargo.
Just 10 days ago several major grass fires like this one in Northern Richland County were breaking out across the region - a consequence of dry and windy conditions. This prompted some counties to issue burning restrictions. Even if we don't end up with a lot of water today it may be just enough to green up the vegetation and make it less likely to burn.
Tim McLean – Casselton Fire Chief: “You can notice the difference this morning you know some of the grass is a lot greener, the ditch grass is greener, the CRP grass you can see the new the growth coming in that.”
Sheriff Bill Bergquist in Clay County, who put burning restrictions in place, says that caution will still be necessary even if they're lifted.
Bill Bergquist – Clay County Sheriff: “We have had quite a few grass fires around here even in Clay County including that one that was on the south county line and more in Wilkin County where it actually destroyed a lot of the guys’ property. So those are things that we look at and like even after this rain we'll look at it and hopefully be able to loosen up the restrictions a little bit.”
This rain is not just welcomed by fire officials
Tim McLean: “I also farm to so this is a nice change; we're in the field already working and we're ahead of schedule. It's a good spring.”
Now today's rain is the first measurable amount this month and while it has been a little dry we are only about 3/4 of an inch below average for the spring. It’s just that we've been used to very wet springs the last few years.