Dangerous wildfire conditions predicted for Friday
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Critical fire weather conditions are forecast Friday for a large portion of Texas, east of a line from Childress to Midland to Van Horn.
Warm temperatures, dry air and gusty winds are expected. Those dangerous conditions will be made worse by the unrelenting drought that has left an overabundance of dried and dead vegetation in its wake.
“The threat of wildfire is ongoing, and introducing wind into the mix is a cause for concern,” said Tom Spencer, Texas Forest Service Predictive Services department head.
“Fires pose a threat to public safety,” Spencer added. “If a fire starts accidentally in your neighborhood, be on the alert. If they ask you to evacuate, by all means, do it.”
Since wildfire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, firefighters have responded to 23,835 fires that have burned more than 3.8 million acres and destroyed 2,763 homes. Another 34,977 homes have been saved by firefighting efforts.