Rain has come to southern Kansas.

About three weeks after a fire burned more than 500,000 acres across Clark, Comanche and Meade counties, the land is finally getting a shower.

Rain has been on many prayer lists, including Clark County rancher Katie Giles Shaw. 

"It's exciting," Shaw said, who had watched the storm clouds roll in Tuesday with anticipation. "It's finally raining."

In fact, it rained most of the day. Rain is expected through today with more chances this weekend. 

Up until this week's showers, the Ashland area had only received .13 of an inch since Feb. 1. Clark and Meade counties are in a moderate to severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Shaw said the area was starting to green up - but rain will help settle the blowing dirt and sand. It also gives them a little break from the rebuilding effort - which includes homes and miles of fences.

Last week, she said FFA youth on spring break helped build fences.

Dave Bouziden, a 71-year-old rancher who lost more than 90 percent of his cow herd from the fires, also said his family lost their home. He said he has two fencing crews working on the fencing he lost. He continues to meet with contractors about building a new home.

For now, the family is living in a friend's house in town.

Volunteers, too are still in the counties working on fences this week, said The Rev. Nick Johnson with the First Christian Church.

Volunteers have been staying at the church's camp near Ashland where there are warm showers. Local churches are providing the meals for the workers, Johnson said.

Johnson said prayers for rain started when the fires were still burning the week of March 6. 

"Today's downpour has been a true blessing," he said, adding that he has joked with ranchers and volunteers that thanks to the rain "no one has been able to work today."

"It's much needed," he said of the rain and ranchers. "They are getting a day to relax."