Rain slows wildfires in the Red River Gorge

Conditions in the Daniel Boone National Forest have been mainly dry since several wildfires started early last month.

This week, however, firefighting crews have been getting a little bit of help from Mother Nature.

Earlier this week, the US Forest Service called in an aerial tanker to drop flame retardant on fires burning in the Forest.

On Friday, they got more help from the sky as some wet weather is moving through the area.

Evelyn Morris with the US Forest Service says, "it's actually just slowed things down and given us more time to work and get the lines enhanced so they will hold fire should the fire burn up to those lines."

While these dry conditions are helping to slow the fires spread, they're not enough to completely put out the flames.

The problem is that even though the area looks soaked, there are still prime fire conditions beneath the surface.

Morris continues, "the firefighters have told me that when they go down a couple inches, the leaves are dry. So with the type of drought that we've been having, it'll take a substantial amount of rainfall to make those leaves not burn. This weekend, the forecast is that the temperature is going to go up, the sun is going to come out, and we're going to be right back into that fire issue."

Officials tell 27 NEWSFIRST there haven't been any new fires reported since Tuesday.

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