Jan. 22, 2016 — LUBBOCK,
Texas — Elevated fire potential is expected in the western Plains Sunday due to
above normal temperatures, high wind speeds and low relative humidity.
National Weather Service forecasts increased wind speeds which can lead to
potential wildfire occurrences in areas with abundant cured or dried grasses.
Affected areas include Amarillo, Midland and Lubbock.
will see short term drying starting today and increasing through Sunday with
the peak drying happening Sunday,” Brad Smith, Texas A&M Forest Service
wildland fire analyst said.
A&M Forest Service encourages vigilance and preventative measures against
- Postpone outdoor burning until conditions improve.
high fire danger caution should be used when you are involved with an outdoor
activity that has the ability to cause spark.
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire.
of smoking materials properly. Extinguish them in an ash tray. Don’t throw them
out your window.
parking and idling in tall, dry grass. Catalytic converters can get hot enough
to ignite the grass under your vehicle.
sitting hot chainsaws or other hot, gas-powered equipment in dry grass.
burning in grass can spread and grow extremely fast. It is important that if
you spot a wildfire you report it immediately to your local authorities. A
quick response can help save lives and property
more information, visit the National Weather Service website.
Phillip Truitt; Wildland Urban Interface Specialist;
TFS Communications Office; 979-458-6606; email@example.com