Red Flag Warning and Jeff Davis Fire Update

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING FOR WINDS OF 20 MPH OR MORE, HUMIDITY OF 15 PERCENT OR LESS, AND HIGH TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER THIS WILL LAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Critical fire weather conditions are expected for several hours this afternoon. Temperatures will be around 10 degrees above normal, which will result in RHs of 5 to 15 percent. Southwest winds of 15 to 35 mph will likely propagate any fire starts in dry fuels, hence the warning. Recovery tonight will be poor over much of the higher terrain with critical fire weather conditions expected even farther east Wednesday.

* WIND, Southwest 15 to 30 mph, with higher gusts.

* HUMIDITY, 6 to 11 percent.

* FUELS, Dry to very dry.

* IMPACTS, any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Remember to interpret the environmental signs. Size up the weather. The presence of dust devils and vertical smoke columns are a clear indication of an unstable atmosphere.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY FIRE:

It appears the McDannel Fire is at 6,000 acres and still moving. They are reporting 20 percent contained.

More TX Forestry Fire Teams are arriving this morning.

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