County advises precautions as high winds expected Monday

County advises precautions as high winds expected Monday
Red Flag Warning
Officials with Lubbock County advise residents to take precautions to avoid wildfires. (Source: Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management)
Officials with Lubbock County advise residents to take precautions to avoid wildfires. (Source: Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management is asking residents to take precautions Monday as high winds are expected, with predicted wind speeds of near 40 mph and gusts of 60 mph.

The South Plains area is entering peak wildfire season with low relative humidity and lots of dry vegetation on large plots of land, according to a news release from the office of emergency management.

The county is now considered to be under a Red Flag warning, meaning all outdoor burning is restricted, though the county is not currently under a burn ban. Tips on ways to take action to avoid wildfires can be found on the National Fire Protection Associations website here.

Some tips include calling 911 if an out-of-hand fire is spotted, proper disposal of cigarettes and matches, debris burning rules, ash disposal, equipment checks, electric fence monitoring and local regulations. The county also encourages residents to watch the video below for some quick tips on wildfire preparation.

More information on today’s weather and things to expect can be found on the Weather section of the KCBD NewsChannel 11 app or website.

An updated list of counties under a burn ban was released on Monday by the Texas A&M Forest Service. In the KCBD viewing area the list includes: Castro, Brisco, Cochran, Hockley, Crosby, Yoakum and Garza counties. All the counties that fall under a burn ban, as of Feb. 11, can be found here.

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