OGDEN -- One rainstorm does not a drought end. That's Weber County Fire Marshal Ted Black's take on Thursday's rainfall, a break from weeks of hot and dry weather.
Temperatures reached the low 80s and about a quarter-inch of rain fell in the Ogden area by Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
It was the first precipitation since late May, according to NWS observations at Salt Lake City International Airport.
"This is a wonderful thing" that helps out firefighters who battled blazes Thursday, Black said. The light rain helped contain nine major wildfires across the state.
Rain and cooler temperatures helped crews hold fire lines on the 8,200-acre Shingle Fire about 30 miles southeast of Cedar City. Meanwhile, rain fell on the Clay Springs Fire, which has blackened more than 160 square miles east of Delta and threatens the town of Scipio. It was 64 percent contained Thursday.
While the break is nice, Black and other fire professionals warn that fire danger is still high and that restrictions are still in place for good reason.
The rain does not bring dead grass back to life, Black pointed out. In the long term, the rainfall has not changed anything with respect to the fire season, he said.
Weber County expanded its fire restrictions to include any fire in unincorporated areas, including in improved campgrounds. That is more strict than the statewide ban released Tuesday, which exempts such improved areas.
Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Eric Bauman agreed that the rain is a nice reprieve but said it does not change the fact that it is "still extremely dry out there."
The expanded ban in Ogden city still remains in effect. No open fires or fireworks are allowed east of Harrison Boulevard, along the river corridors, in Fort Buenaventura or around any vacant lots and dry brush. The restrictions last until Sunday.
Bauman also extended a thank you to Ogden residents for their cooperation with the restrictions the night of the Fourth of July. Firefighters responded to a few small grass fires, but the night went mostly well, Bauman said.
Though Rocky Mountain Power cannot say for sure, the weather was a likely reason about 12,200 of its customers were without power Thursday.
About 3,914 customers in Syracuse, Clearfield and Layton, about 5,948 people in Roy and Clinton, as well as about 2,400 customers in Eden and Liberty, were without power as the storm moved through, the company reported.
A transmission pole caught fire in Layton, causing the outage in northern Davis county and southern Weber County, said company spokesman Jeff Hymas.
Another pole fire caused the outage in Eden and Liberty, he said.
Contaminants build up in the transformers during long periods of dry weather, and when a light rain moves through, the moisture and contaminants conduct electricity and cause power lines to arc, said spokeswoman Margaret Ohler.
The same typically does not happen during bigger storms, because the faster, heavier rain simply washes away the contaminants, she said.
Crews restored electricity to everyone in Davis County and southern Weber County by 5:30 p.m., Ohler said. About 1,200 people in Eden and Liberty were out of the dark by 7 p.m., and crews expected to restore power to the remaining 1,000 customers by 10 p.m. Thursday.
The NWS forecast predicts that the hot weather will return today and last through at least Thursday, with highs in the upper 80s and mid-90s.
NWS meteorologists also expect a slight chance of more showers and thunderstorms next week.
NWS hydrologist Brian McInerney said fire-scarred mountain slopes will almost certainly unleash debris flows if the rains continue for days or turn heavy.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.