Houston weather: cold front brings elevated fire risk

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HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) This first day of fall felt like fall in Southeast Texas. But with the more comfortable air comes an elevated wildfire risk. Humidity will be just as low again Thursday, but with lighter winds, the fire risk will be lower.

Areas north and west of Houston were under a fire weather watch Wednesday due to gusty winds and low humidity. With these conditions, fires that develop could spread quickly. Outdoor burning is not recommended, and in general it’s best to be extra cautious with any type of flames.

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Winds were gusting over 20 mph in some parts through the early part of Wednesday afternoon, with lower wind speeds settling by late afternoon and especially by the evening.

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Relative humidity will continue to be much lower than recent days. Wednesday afternoon featured relative humidity values under 25%, which is very dry. The driest air will be west and north of Houston.

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