HOUSTON (KIAH) – Fire weather alerts are in effect for Southeast Texas as dry ground, somewhat dry air and breezy winds combine to make for a high fire risk. A red flag warning (fire weather warning) is in effect Monday, and may be issued again Tuesday.
Wind gusts Monday could get as high as 25 mph, and relative humidity could drop below 30%. If a wildfire or grass fire develops, it could quickly spread.
The National Weather Service has posted precautions to take in order to keep everyone safe…
Red Flag Warning
A Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger.
-If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.
-Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.
-Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.
-Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.
The National Weather Service
Wind gusts on Tuesday will be a bit higher, possibly up to 30 mph. That’s why fire weather alerts may be extended into Tuesday. Of course, there is a chance for some rain as the Gulf low could send a few showers and storms through the area, but most will remain rain-free.