Bulletin Staff Report
With a dry frontal line passing through the state today, West Texas will again see lower relative humidity and strong winds through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service and Texas Forest Service fire weather analysts.
The winds were lighter on Friday, but they are forecast to become stronger today with Monday being the most active fire weather day in the forecast. Relative humidity will be in the 10 to 15 percent span Monday, with winds at 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.
“There are fire weather watches for most of western and southern Texas today,” said Brad Smith, fire behavior analyst with Texas Forest Service. “There will be critical fire weather from Saturday through Tuesday for the majority of Texas west of Interstate 35, with Monday being the worst day as the conditions build through the weekend.
“The fires we’ve had recently show the dry grasses are rapidly consumed and the fire runs quickly once a start occurs,” Smith said.
The Texas Forest Service urges citizens to take precautions and stay aware of their local conditions. Some prevention suggestions are:
• Use the utmost caution and be mindful of the potential for fire
• Don’t park or drive in dry grass
• Be sure there are no loose chains hanging from a moving vehicle that may make contact with the pavement
• When welding, wet down your work area, keep a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher nearby, and post a fire watch
• Clear combustible materials away from your home
• Do not leave any fire unattended and ensure all fires are completely out (cold to the touch)
• Check current and forecasted weather before doing any outdoor burning
• Don’t do outdoor burning of any kind until the threat of fire decreases and burn bans are lifted.
For more information, go to http://tfsnews.tamu.edu and click on Fire Danger/Advisories.