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Rain Doesn't Change Burn Bans

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The rain may have arrived to parts of West Tennessee, but the burn bans remain in effect throughout the area.

Most of West Tennessee went more than three weeks without rain. Because of that, must of the foliage and grass has dried out.

Experts say it will take several days of significant rain to hydrate the greenery in the area. Until that happens, dried out grass and trees would only fuel any flames.

"Scattered thunderstorms isn't going to alleviate the dryness we have now," said Wayne Arnold, Fire Marshal with the Jackson Fire Dept. "It's going to take a good system coming through and settling in over the area for a while."

While some cities got an inch or more of rain this weekend, there were some areas of West Tennessee that did not get any measurable precipitation Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
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