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West Texas under Red Flag Warning; fires sparking on the South Plains

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Most of the South Plains is now under a Red Flag Warning because of the lack of rain and the high winds. The very dry conditions have put the National Weather Service (NWS) on high alert and they have issued a red flag warning for the heart of Lubbock.

There are a few precautions you can take to help prevent a fire sparking near your home. Make sure your grass is cut low, keep firewood away from the house and water the dry plant life around your home. Jody James from the National Weather Service says he expects the Red Flag Warning will be around for a while. "We're not seeing a lot of moisture; not a lot of precipitation. This could be an ongoing situation, so we're bracing here at the NWS for a long period of dry weather."

There have already been a few wildfires on the South Plains as a result of these weather conditions. Firefighters in Lubbock County were busy with a brush fire near 122nd Street and University. The National Weather Service says there is a large grass fire near Earth, Texas and has caused Highway 70 to be closed due to low visibility because of the smoke and blowing dust.

The National Weather Service has also told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that near 1,000 acres have been burned northeast of Floydada.

A burn ban can be expected in the coming days from NWS.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. You are urged to avoid the use of open flames or any activities that may generate sparks. Accidental ignitions will have the potential to quickly become dangerous wind-driven wildfires. Plans for outdoor burning or other activities that may cause open flames or sparks are strongly discouraged.

The Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. The National Weather Service says that critical fire weather conditions, favorable for wild land fire, will persist through this afternoon. With sustained westerly winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, combined with a record high temperature and low humidity, the potential for rapid fire spread in wild lands are high, but will diminish around sunset.

Please take extra care during these conditions and follow these common sense steps:

  • Do not start open flame fires
  • Properly dispose of cigarettes
  • Avoid using outdoor power tools like welding equipment and cutting torches that can create sparks
  • Remove grass, brush, trash, and other flammable materials from around your home

The following counties are currently under a Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m.:

  • Lubbock County, TX...
  • Bailey County, TX...
  • Briscoe County, TX...
  • Castro County, TX...
  • Cochran County, TX...
  • Cottle County, TX...
  • Crosby County, TX...
  • Dawson County, TX...
  • Dickens County, TX...
  • Floyd County, TX...
  • Gaines County, TX...
  • Garza County, TX...
  • Hale County, TX...
  • Hall County, TX...
  • Hockley County, TX...
  • Kent County, TX...
  • King County, TX...
  • Lamb County, TX...
  • Lynn County, TX...
  • Motley County, TX...
  • Parmer County, TX...
  • Scurry County, TX...
  • Swisher County, TX...
  • Terry County, TX...
  • Yoakum County, TX...

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