Extreme Fire Danger Puts West Texas Under Red Flag Warning
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Most of West Texas is under a red flag warning today as forecasters predict the combination of high winds and low humidity will create extremely hazardous conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, Strong winds and dry conditions will create two weather hazards today. First, critical fire weather conditions, with strong winds from the northwest, will create the potential for any fire to quickly become out of control. In addition, very strong winds, mainly along and northeast of a line from Sweetwater, to Ballinger, to Brownwood, will create hazardous driving conditions, especially for high profile vehicles. Also, these very strong winds will create the potential for unsecured, light weight objects, to become airborne.
A red flag warning is in effect Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. across most of West Texas including the Concho Valley. Northwest winds at 20 to 25 mph combined with relative humidities from 10 to 15 percent will cause any fire that develops to spread rapidly.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now....or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.