Kingwood, TX, September 22, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- After several months of extreme heat and devastating wildfires, Houston and other Texas cities are breathing sighs of relief today.
Heavy rain fell in parts of the state over the weekend and meteorologists forecast the state may see more rain in the next few days.
Without doubt, this will help lower the temperatures and slow down the effects of drought on cattle, trees and landscapes.
State emergency officials, most of whom have spent the last few months battling wildfires, said today that majority of the fires have been contained.
This is good news but experts caution now is not the time to be less vigilant about wildfires. “The threat of wildfires is still there despite the rainfall,” said Louis Flory, owner of Kingwood, TX based Ability Tree Experts (http://www.abilitytrees.com).
“Just because we receive a few inches of rain does not mean the threat (of fire) has gone away. For months, we experienced serious drought so it will take several inches of rain to lower the threat,” he added.
State fire officials confirmed that despite temperature moderation and slowdown in wind gust, the conditions on the ground remains conducive for wildfires.
“The trees are so dry that the needles and leaves are dropping at the slightest bit of wind. This is creating a new path for fires,” said Texas Forest Service Regional Forester, Wes Moorehead.
National Weather Service officials report nearly one inch of rain fell in the Houston area over the weekend. “We had a little bit of rain, and have a little more coming, but it’s still not going to be enough,” National Weather Service Hydrologist Lisa Frantz said Saturday.
“We are more than 15 inches behind on rainfall since the beginning of the year. We need a lot to catch up.”
Ability Tree Experts’ Flory said residents need to maintain vigilance if the state is avoid further damage from wildfires. “We are not out of the woods yet. We need more help from Mother Nature.”
About Ability Tree Experts
Houston, Texas based Ability Tree Experts is a member of the National Arborist Association. With over 30 years’ experience in tree service, Ability Tree Experts are specialists in complete tree maintenance including tree care, tree trimming, tree removal, tree pruning and planting, tree diseases and pest control, tree fertilizing and cavity work, tree spraying, tree cabling and pre-construction consultation.