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Fire danger this week...

By Grant Dade - bio | email

Dry conditions in Texas over the past few weeks have lead to a high fire danger across our state. Nearly 80% of Texas Counties are under outdoor burning bans and we can expect to see that number increase. Low relative humidity and strong gusty winds later this week will increase the threat for grass fires across the state. As of, today much of East Texas is 5 inches or more behind on yearly rainfall and we are only 2 months into the new year.

The relative humidity at times this week will dip below 20% across East Texas and with strong gusty winds, outdoor burning is not recommended, even in counties which are not under outdoor burning bans. So is there any relief in sight? Unfortunately it appears this dry pattern will continue for a while. We will see a strong ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere across the southern plains producing sinking air across our region for much of the week. Click here to read more...

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