Rains finally arrive in Butler County

Following a number of Red Flag Warning Days, local and area firefighters can breathe a little easier.  Rain moved into our area Sunday night and continued through Monday morning, bringing relief to drought-stricken Kansas.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer just six days ago, declared a drought emergency warning across the entire state.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management issued “catastrophic fire weather” condition warnings last Friday.  That  afternoon traffic had to be diverted off I-35/Turnpike between El Dorado and Cassoday due to fire and smoke on and near road. The Kansas Turnpike Authority confirmed the fires   jumped over the turnpike in two locations near El Dorado. Winds were out of the northwest gusting 55 to 60 mph.
The KTA reported traffic was backed up about four to five miles to the east near the Burlingame Road exit. Emporia Police were called out to assist with traffic control. Southbound lanes reopened shortly after 7 Friday evening.
Monday saw showers off and on throughout the morning with winds 20 to 30 mph. Some rain gauges recorded over an inch of rain. Warmer temperatures and sunshine are predicted for Tuesday.  There is a slight chance of more rain later this week.