Breaking news: Rain falling in Lincoln County

Published 11:13 am Friday, October 6, 2023

ENTERPRISE — A slight drizzle and patches of mist bring precipitation to Lincoln County Friday morning. The area has a 50 percent chance of rain for much of the day Friday.

Sadly, the cool refreshing drops of water will not be enough to bring the area out of an extreme drought nor lift burn ban conditions. National Weather Service in Jackson upgraded the wildfire threat for the area from elevated to significant.

Dry conditions, low humidity and gusty winds could cause wildfires to spread rapidly. Burning is discouraged and banned in Lincoln County. Anyone who violates the burn ban will be issued a citation. People are also liable for any damages caused by a fire they start.

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Residents need to remain vigilant and cautious during this time. Activities such as mowing the grass, cutting timber with a chainsaw or brush hogging could cause a spark and ignite a fire.

Cigarette butts should be disposed of properly and not thrown out on the ground. Trailer chains should be put up to where they do not drag on the roadway.

Wednesday and Thursday is the next best chance of rain in Lincoln County with 20 percent and 30 percent chances. While the rain is welcomed it would take a substantial amount of rain to lift the burn ban and drought conditions.