Many Rockingham County firefighters are hoping Monday's rain will put an end to the recent drought conditions in the Valley.
A string of recent fires still have firefighters concerned.
"What they're calling for is two to three inches over the course of the next couple of days. That will certainly be a benefit to the area," said Assistant Fire Marshal John Huddle.
Huddle says the rain may not be enough to end the drought.
"We only get a half-inch of rain or so and then if get back up to 70 or 80 degree weather, sunny days and winds, it will dry us right back out to where we were," he said.
Huddle says the recent drought conditions can start fires so severe such as the one that happened on Saturday on Kratzler Road.
"It was a real dangerous situation, even for the folks that are properly trained firefighters," he said.
Huddle says the majority of the fires began on farms.
"We had gotten dry enough that just a spark from farmers' equipment dragging across a rock has caused several fires over the past several days," he said.
Fighting fires can be challenging.
"Some of the fires we've been having here recently have grown to second and third-alarm size involving two or three times the normal companies and assets that we would assist, or would assign to an incident like that," he said.
Huddle says residents should never take matters into their own hands when trying to put out a fire, no matter how small it is.
"If it's a small fire and it's not being pushed by the winds or anything, I'm not going to tell someone not to do it, but you want to understand that in these drought conditions we're experiencing right now, the fire can take off and blow up real fast," he said.
Huddle says in the last five years, people have died trying to fight their own fires.
He says the best measure to take is to call 9-1-1.
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