Dry Winter Puts South Plains at High Fire Risk During Drought

Lubbock Fire Rescue Warns Residents on Immediate Dangers...

LUBBOCK, TX - Lubbock Fire Rescue, Lubbock County Emergency Management, and The National Weather Service have issued a high alert for South Plains residents from dangerous weather conditions forecasted this week. 

The KLBK Weather team forecasted fire risks from a combination of weather conditions in the area, starting on Wednesday. This includes low humidity, lack of rain, high wind speeds ranging from 35 to 40 miles per hour, and wind gusts that could reach up to 60 miles per hour. 

"Beware that it's dry and fires can not only start pretty easily but they can spread pretty quickly as well," Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jodey James from the National Weather Service in Lubbock said. 

If weather conditions continue this pattern, James said a Red Flag Warning could be issued as well. However, a burn ban has not been issued for Lubbock County as of Tuesday. 

"The winters here are dry, this one is especially," James said. "So we want to be careful with the use of flame outdoors, watch dragging chains or anything like that. Because any source of ignition on a day like tomorrow could result in at least several small fires."

Lubbock Fire Rescue told EverythingLubbock.com they have prepared additional units to be on stand-by throughout the city.

"We're staffing two additional engines throughout the city," Lubbock Fire Captain Kevin Ivy said. "We want to make sure that we're ready. Because if something does happen, like a grass fire in a bar ditch, with 50 mile per hour wind that fire could reach up to 50 miles per hour. There's no way that you can get ahead of it if you're not ready for it."

Ivy asked residents to be mindful when outside tomorrow. He recommends that not fire be started voluntarily, like grilling outside, along with watching heavy equipment or machinery that could heat up and spark flames. 


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