Sweet Rain: Minimizing Forest Fire Danger

It was only yesterday I wrote about the danger of North Idaho forest fires following a long period of sun, high temperatures and two ferocious wind storms. I had not even checked the weather report on my cell phone, or I might have anticipated the sweet rain we’ve enjoyed this morning, August 15, 2014. Why is it sweet?

I couldn't have guessed. A sweet rain pours down on North Idaho's entire collection of forests, one day after I write about the danger of forest fires.  Photos and Story by Dwayne Parsons

I couldn’t have guessed. A sweet rain pours down on North Idaho’s entire collection of forests, one day after I write about the danger of forest fires.
Photos and Story by Dwayne Parsons


See Also: No Serious Forest Fires Yet, Sentinels of a Mountain Blizzard, Remnants of Fire

Oh Blessed Sweet Rain!

Like a gift from heaven, a steady downpour of rain without lightning empties itself across North Idaho. It may dampen the expectations of events like the Festival of Sandpoint. I don’t know what they’ll do with that; often they carry forward despite inclement weather, but you’ll have to look elsewhere for that information.

I know it won’t effect our company picnic this afternoon, because I called in to verify whether it was still on or not. Shannon, always optimistic and enthusiastic said, “Oh, this warm rain is great. No, we’ll have it anyway. There’s a covered area. We’re setting up anyway.”

That’s the positive attitude exuded by everyone I’ve met at Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty. How could I have expected anything different?

A heavy cloud cover laden with steady rain drops over Rocky Point in the Sandpoint area along the Pend Oreille River. It's badly needed sweet moisture for the wind-ravaged, dry timber in North Idaho.

A heavy cloud cover laden with steady rain drops over Rocky Point in the Sandpoint area along the Pend Oreille River. It’s badly needed sweet moisture for the wind-ravaged, dry timber in North Idaho.

Exactly What We Need

The fact is, this kind of rain is exactly what we need: no lightning, consistent steady downpour, lots of moisture. Wow! It doesn’t get any better than this.

As it is, despite a couple of very severe windstorms and plenty of lightning strikes throughout North Idaho we’ve yet to catalog a serious fire event this year.

Though we have (and still hold) plans to attend a company picnic this afternoon, the rain in our forests is a welcome reprieve to the alternative of forest fires.

Though we have (and still hold) plans to attend a company picnic this afternoon, the rain in our forests is a welcome reprieve to the alternative of forest fires.


All that adds up to a wonderful view in the reflection of my SUV window as my head and hair welcome the warm rain. How’s that for a “selfie”?

See Also: No Serious Forest Fires Yet, Sentinels of a Mountain Blizzard, Remnants of Fire