Fire-ravaged areas receive much-needed rain

Apr 6, 2017

Volunteers help clean up property in Clark County that was damaged by wildfires earlier this month.
Credit Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle

After record-breaking wildfires late last month, Kansas saw another record broken on Saturday.

As The Wichita Eagle reports, southwest Kansas shattered the rainfall record for April first, according to the National Weather Service.

The original record of 1.2 inches had already been broken by six a.m., and the rain kept on coming. By day’s end, Dodge City reported receiving over double the original record, with a total of almost two-and-a-half inches.

The rain capped off a week of heavy Kansas rains, with parts of the state receiving as much as three-and-a-half inches. Clark and Comanche counties, where wildfires burned more than half a million acres, received over two inches.

Larry Ruthi, a meteorologist in Dodge City, said he expects to see green results from all this rain in the fire-ravaged areas, within a week or two.

And there’s still more rain to come, experts say.