Texas A&M Forest Service Warns Texans About Possible Large Wildfires Today
With the brutal heat in Texas and super dry conditions, the Lone Star State is super vulnerable to wildfires. So much so, that Texas A&M Forest Service has warned Texans about the possibility of some large wildfires today and through the weekend.
Texas A&M Forest Service issued a press release today updating the state with information stating that conditions were right for some large wildfires.
Hot and dry conditions across the state of Texas will create high wildfire potential through the weekend. Today, the fire environment will support an increased potential for large wildfires that are resistant to control to occur near Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, San Angelo, and Abilene. Portions of East Texas may be susceptible to large wildfires for areas near Athens, Tyler, Longview, Palestine, and Huntsville. (Texas A&M Forest Service)
It's been a rough wildfire season already as several fires have swept across Texas, most recently in our area, the Mesquite Heat Fire. The hot and dry conditions are definitely not helping the cause and making it very difficult for our firefighters and volunteer firefighters.
The job of our state and local firefighters becomes more difficult and dangerous under these circumstances, and we need Texans to be cautious of any activity that causes sparks and may ignite a wildfire," said Wes Moorhead, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief.
Over the past 10 days, Texas A&M resources have responded to 98 wildfires that have burned more than 17,000 acres across the state. And get this, 43 of those fires are from July 8-10.
That's absolutely crazy.
We do have some small rain chances in our forecast for Wednesday, but apparently, that is not a good thing according to the press release.
An added complexity to the fire environment this week is the potential for thunderstorms,” said Luke Kanclerz, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Analyst. “Wildfire ignitions due to lightning will be possible because of the underlying drought and vegetation dryness. Increased wind speeds from nearby thunderstorms can cause a sudden increase in fire activity, creating safety concerns for firefighters.
One thing we can do to help is to be vigilante and not do dumb things like throw cigarettes out of your car window, burn your trash, or shoot off those leftover fireworks.
Over the past 10 days, Texas A&M resources have responded to 98 wildfires that have burned more than 17,000 acres across the state.
If you happen to see a wildfire immediately report it. A quick response can help save lives and property.