High Fire Danger For Southern Texas

By , AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 25, 2013; 8:27 AM ET
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A threat for fire will be in effect for parts of Texas Monday, just south of a blizzard that will impact the Northern Texas Panhandle.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said that a combination of dry air and strong winds will contribute to the threat for small fires to ignite and spread rapidly.

A red flag warning will be in effect for all of southern central Texas from Monday morning through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describes a red flag warning as, weather conditions that could result in burning conditions. In order for the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning, three criteria must be met.

-sustained wind average of 15 mph or greater

-relative humidity less than or equal to 25 percent

-temperature greater than 75 degrees F.

"Small fires could be sparked by cigarettes, house fires and car mufflers that are parked in grass," Strait said.

Caution should be used to prevent the spread of fire, by making sure all camp fires are put out and all cigarettes are adequately put out.

The fire danger for South Texas should diminish by Monday evening, according to Strait.

The threat for fire in Texas usually starts in February. Fires are not uncommon for this time of year, but they are more common in the months of March and April, Strait said.


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