More Rain Needed to End Fire Danger

1-28-06 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Weather officials say today's rainfall isn't enough to end the state's relentless wildfire season.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ty Judd says Oklahomans shouldn't be fooled into thinking that the fires are over.

Judd says the state is going to need several days of moderate rainfall to see an end put to the fires.

Officials say this winter has been the driest the state has seen since 1921.

Fire Information Officer Rob Kopack says nine to twelve inches of rain will be needed over the next three months to break the drought.

Wildfires have scorched more than 400,000 acres, killed two people and destroyed more than 250 homes and businesses since November First.

Judd says the state is more than 12 inches behind on its annual rainfall and predicts the dry weather pattern will last for another two or three months.