Over the last week, we've had several days of cold, steady rain. It doesn't add up to much water - less than an inch - but every year, it signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Regardless of the daytime temperatures, the nights will be cooler and the leaves will keep changing color. And it puts an end to the fire season; there is still mop-up work to be done, but the fires are containable now.
The rains we got in early September brought the Wicked Creek Fire complex under control. As of Sept. 6, the fires were steady at 28,600 acres and were 90% contained; the expert fire team is now able to turn the fire over to the local fire-fighting districts to finish up. Of course, the rain also washed debris onto one of the roads into the area, and it is (or was) impassable in areas.
The InciWeb report notes, "Please use caution if traveling in the fire area and carry the necessary tools to help clear debris."