Precipitation in the South expected to slow the spread of wildfires

rain wednesday, Nov 30

Above: The amount of rain expected during the 6 hour period ending at 1 p.m. ET November 30.

Wildfires that have been burning for weeks in the Southeast within 200 miles of where the states of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina come together have been plaguing residents for weeks. Smoke created by the blazes at times has been covering large portions of the South.

A drought lasting many months, and at least some cases of arson, are what led to the necessity for about 4,000 firefighters to be deployed to put out the dozens of large fires burning at the same time.

But that is about to change.

Beginning Monday night, November 28, rain in this area will slow the spread of the fires for many days at least. Some fires, but probably not all, may be put out by the time the rain ends Wednesday night. Gatlinburg, where two fires in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday are causing evacuations, should receive more than 2 inches between Monday night and Wednesday night.

These three maps, that are just for six-hour periods, indicate the significant precipitation expected for the next two days.

precipitation forecast
The forecast for precipitation during the 6 hours ending at 7 a.m. ET Tuesday November 29 2016.

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The forecast for precipitation during the 6 hours ending at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday November 30 2016.

For the most current information about the Chimney Tops 2 Fire at Gatlinburg, see our articles tagged “Chimney 2 Fire”.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

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