It’s not just all the fires, it’s the fact that it’s so dry that the creeks are drying up. Here’s a link to an article in the AJC. They’re blaming La Nina.
I talked to our extension agent, Eddie Ayers, yesterday. He said that we’ve had 1.2 inches of rain since September 1st. When I asked him why the leaves were still on the trees so late, he said that we “usually have a rain that knocks some leaves off and they are drying on the limbs rather than abscising.” When I asked him if it was late enough in the growing season that we could quit watering, he said that he “wouldn’t worry about watering now unless you have some plants that you have recently planted. Some of the evergreens might need a little maintenance watering.”
We were in Tennessee yesterday, and I’ve never seen the Ocoee and Hiwassee rivers so low. Goforth Creek is just a trickle. Here’s a photo, but I don’t know if you can even see the small flow.