Soaking rains a welcome sight for forestry officials

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The steady rain probably ruined your outdoor Labor Day plans, but state forestry officials said the soaking showers came at just the right time, since the summer has been so hot and dry.

You could call it perfect timing.

"This has been a very beneficial rain," said Michael Silliman, Chief Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry, "We had a couple fires pop up this week before the recent rain, and that was a concern to us that we would have an early start to fire season."

That season starts in a few weeks. And because the past spring was so wet, there's more vegetation out there that could burn.

Foresters said the showers provide them with more time to make sure they are ready to go when called.

"This gives us an extra few days to make sure that we've got everything in our vehicles - all our tools - to make sure we'll be prepared for the upcoming fire season," said Michael Froelich, Service Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry.

And while it's hard to predict how active the season will be, foresters say it's never too early to take precautions.

"It elevates the water table. It re-saturates the ground, and that water will stay around long after the rain and keep vegetation moist," said Silliman.

The fall forest fire season in Kentucky starts October 1st.

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