Despite rainfall Monday, a local emergency management official believes grass fires could continue to be a problem for a few more weeks.

Despite rainfall Monday, a local emergency management official believes grass fires could continue to be a problem for a few more weeks.

Firefighters responded to a few grass fires over the weekend in Leavenworth County. And several grass fires were reported Thursday including one that destroyed a barn, according to Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

An elevated danger of grass fires has been a frequent problem in recent months because of dry, and sometimes windy, conditions.

Magaha said about 3/10 of an inch of rain fell Monday in central Leavenworth County. Smaller amounts of rain were reported in northern Leavenworth County.

"Every little bit helps," Magaha said.

But he said it will not take long for vegetation to dry out once the sun comes out.

"We're not out of the woods until these farm fields and areas green up," he said.

He said this usually does not happen until mid April.

He acknowledged that some areas of green grass can already be seen in Leavenworth County.

"We like to see green," he said.

Looking ahead, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers today in Leavenworth, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

Mostly sunny conditions are expected for Wednesday with partly sunny conditions on Thursday. But there is a chance for more showers Thursday night, according to the forecast.

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