How much rain is needed to hault dry conditions?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 2:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- These fires are definitely a huge problem all across Texas this summer.

In fact, the Texas Forest Service is currently responding to nine large wildfires that have burned over 16,000 acres.

According to the forest service web site there have been over 21,000 fires since November of last year, torching a record-setting number of over 3.5 million acres lost.

The obvious answer to cure easily ignited fires and the vulnerable terrain is rain.

But just how much is it going to take to be effective?

"There's a drought gage that we use and it's called KBD and it's just a measure of how dry it is. It ranges from 0 to 800. All of our areas are in the 700s right now, if not 800. What that means is if a measurement is 700 it takes 7 inches of rain to bring the index back down to 0," said Robert Grisham, of the Texas Forest Service.

Grisham says even a single, 7-inch rain won't be enough to cure this drought.

Instead, three or four *heavy rains bringing about 3 to 4 inches each will provide the most relief.

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