Red Flag warning in effect Tuesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/09

Red Flag warning in effect Tuesday

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Fire Weather Warning, also called a Red Flag Warning, is in effect until 7 PM CST.

As a low pressure area intensifies over western Kansas, strong westerly winds will contribute to extreme fire weather conditions across all of the South Plains and Rolling Plains.

Extremely critical fire danger will exist with this pattern, one that closely resembles past situations that have led to dangerous wind-driven wildfires over the southern plains. The strong westerly winds will combine with very warm temperatures and relative humidity values below 15 percent for several hours this afternoon and early evening. In addition most of the area has been experiencing drought conditions since last fall.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create rapid fire-growth potential.

Specific counties included in this warning are Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Hall, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Dickens, King, and Kent in Texas and Curry, Roosevelt, and Lea in New Mexico.

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