"Critical" Alert For Potential Wildfires In West Texas

Kelli Wiese
April 09, 2019 - 2:06 pm

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The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center issued a critical alert for potential wildfires in West Texas on Wednesday.

Melanie Karns with the Texas A & M Forest Service says, "The increased wildfire activity is a concern due to temperatures expected in the 85 to 90 degree range, predicted sustained wind speeds of 35-45 mph with possible gusts of up to 65 mph, and low relative humidity - possibly below 10 percent."

Significant fire potential will be present in the northern High Plains where cured grasses still dominate the landscape.

The main areas of concern include: Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa and Fort Stockton.