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.

    The 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.

    “We 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.

    Texas A&M Forest Service encourages vigilance and preventative measures against human-caused wildfires. 


    • Postpone outdoor burning until conditions improve.
    • With 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. 
    • Dispose of smoking materials properly. Extinguish them in an ash tray. Don’t throw them out your window.
    • Avoid parking and idling in tall, dry grass. Catalytic converters can get hot enough to ignite the grass under your vehicle.
    • Avoid sitting hot chainsaws or other hot, gas-powered equipment in dry grass.
    • Wildfires 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


    For more information, visit the National Weather Service website.

     Phillip Truitt; Wildland Urban Interface Specialist; 325-236-3236; ptruitt@tfs.tamu.edu

     TFS Communications Office; 979-458-6606; newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu