FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: High winds, fire danger on Thursday

Fire Tracker Thursday
Fire Tracker Thursday
Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 at 6:21 PM CDT
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Extreme Fire Dangers Thursday
Extreme Fire Dangers Thursday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday has been designated a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY by the First Alert Forecast Team.

Fire Weather Warnings have already been posted for most of the South Plains viewing area Thursday afternoon.

A low pressure system will bring the risk for strong sustained winds of 30 to 45 mph on Thursday afternoon. Gusts may exceed 50 to 60 mph resulting in severe fire dangers across the area.

Humidity values will drop to between 5 and 15 percent Thursday afternoon. Temperatures will soar to near record values in the lower to middle 90s during the afternoon hours.

The combination of strong winds, hot temperatures and very low humidity will create extremely dangerous fire weather conditions Thursday.

Any fires that develop could spread rapidly and burn out of control.

Lubbock Emergency Management officials have already declared Thursday as a NO BURN DAY for the Lubbock area.

Ahead of the main event on Thursday, Fire Weather Warnings are already posted for Wednesday afternoon and evening as southwest winds increase to 20 to 30 mph Wednesday afternoon.

Humidity values of 5 to 15 percent are also expected Wednesday.

A No Burn Day is recommended Wednesday as fire dangers remain critical.

Extreme fire dangers are in the forecast Thursday with strong winds and fire dangers expected each day from Wednesday through Saturday.

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