Feb. 17, 2016
— LUBBOCK, Texas — Portions of Northwestern Texas could see active wildfire
weather this afternoon and tomorrow.
The Storm Prediction
Center has issued an alert putting parts of the Panhandle in the “extremely
critical” and “critical” categories for wildfire potential.
moisture deficits have led to elevated levels of fuel dryness in these
areas. Matched with the forecasted active fire weather, there is a real
concern for the occurrence of fast-moving and threatening wildfires,” said Tom
Spencer, predictive services department head.
The areas of
most concern are Amarillo, Lubbock and Childress.
Due to above
normal temperatures — with highs in the mid-80s, strong winds between 30 – 35
mph and low relative humidity from 4 to 10 percent in the Panhandle, this area is expected to see elevated fire activity.
Forest Service has requested the assistance of two Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual
System strike teams — each consisting of one team leader and five engines — in
preparation for the forecasted fire danger. The strike teams will be dispatched
to the affected areas.
preventative measures are encouraged against human-caused wildfires.
outdoor burning until conditions improve.
high fire danger, caution should be used with any outdoor activity that
may cause a 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 of a window.
parking and idling in tall, dry grass. Catalytic converters can get hot
enough to ignite the grass under a vehicle.
setting 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 local authorities. A
quick response can help save lives and property.
information, visit the Texas Interagency
Coordination Center website. To listen to our webinar about the current state of Texas fire weather visit http://bit.ly/1LuyAba.
Forest Service Contacts:
Wildland Urban Interface Specialist; 806-500-1199; firstname.lastname@example.orgTFS Communications Office; 979-458-6606; email@example.com