This weekend, above normal temperatures, along with an increase of dry air and a low pressure system,

return to much of Texas, producing elevated fire weather conditions and significant fire potential. Texas

A&M Forest Service is continuing to monitor the situation and predicts that the potential for fire activity

will exist Saturday through Monday, the highest potential being on Sunday.

A large area of Central and West Texas could be impacted. These cities include Childress, Abilene, Waco,

Austin, San Antonio, Del Rio, San Angelo, and Wichita Falls.

As of September 5, 161 counties are under burn bans. Burn bans are put in place by a county judge or

county commissioner when drought and weather conditions exist that make outdoor burning unsafe.

Texas A&M Forest Service is discouraging residents even in counties that are not under a burn ban to

refrain from any outdoor burning until conditions improve.

“The combination of hot temperatures, emerging drought, and increased wind speeds will make fires

difficult to control and increase resistance to control,” said Luke Kanclerz, Fire Analyst II with Texas A&M

Forest Service.