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WILDFIRES: Red Flag Warnings in 6 States

Posted by feww on April 10, 2011

Dangerous wildfire conditions will exist across the South Plains today: NWS

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX 5:05 AM CDT SUN APR 10 2011

URGENT: DANGEROUS WILDFIRE EPISODE EXPECTED TODAY

MORE THAN A DOZEN WILDFIRES BURNT THOUSANDS OF ACRES AND DESTROYED HOMES ACROSS PORTIONS OF WEST TEXAS AND SURROUNDING STATES YESTERDAY.

EARLY THIS MORNING, LARGE WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN ON THE SOUTH PLAINS IN CROSBY, KENT,  AND KING COUNTIES. TODAY, AN INTENSE STORM SYSTEM WILL EJECT OVER THE PLAINS BRINGING VERY STRONG WESTERLY WINDS BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 60 MPH. ALTHOUGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE COOLER THAN RECENT DAYS, RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL REMAIN CRITICALLY LOW BETWEEN 5 AND 15 PERCENT. THIS WEATHER WILL COMBINE WITH AN EXTREME AMBIENT FIRE DANGER IN GRASSES TO RESULT IN A DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT FOR WIND-DRIVEN GRASSLAND WILDFIRES. IN ADDITION TO THE ONGOING FIRES, ADDITIONAL IGNITIONS ARE LIKELY TODAY GIVEN THAT WINDS WILL BE STRONG ENOUGH TO ARC OR DAMAGE ELECTRICAL LINES. DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING FIRE WEATHER WILL EXIST ON THE SOUTH PLAINS TODAY. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE OUTDOORS. STRICTLY OBEY BURN BANS. AVOID ACTIVITIES THAT MAY PROMOTE OPEN FLAMES OR SPARKS. DO NOT THROW CIGARETTES ONTO THE GROUND OR OUT OF VEHICLES…AND KEEP VEHICLES ON DRIVING SURFACES AWAY FROM GRASS. MONITOR THE LATEST NEWS AND WEATHER INFORMATION, AND BE PREPARED TO ADHERE TO EVACUATION ORDERS FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS SHOULD WILDFIRE THREATEN YOUR AREA. IF YOU SMELL SMOKE OR SEE FIRE, .SEEK A SAFE LOCATION IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE FIRE IMMEDIATELY.

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