Hamilton county still under burn ban despite recent rain

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — After several days of significant rainfall the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry says all the wildfires in Hamilton County are 100% contained as of Monday.

The department says the rainfall was the key to helping put out the Flipper Bend, Mowbray Mountain, the Poe Road, the Smith Mountain and the Bench Bluff fires.

While the fires are out, the burn ban is still active.

Forestry officials say Governor Haslam’s burn ban remains in effect for all 51 counties in East Tennessee until December 15.

Officials say that despite the heavy rainfall, we are still in a drought and more rain would not be a bad thing.

“It put some water back in the ground and in the roots and in the soil so its put some water in there. it’s also cleaned out the drains with all the leaves that have fallen and everything. so that’s been very helpful. and that’s been able to stop the embers and the fires from burning that are in the ground,” says Shannon Gann with the Tennessee Department of Forestry.

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