Lubbock rainfall totals as measured by the National Weather Service are more than six inches below normal for the calendar year.
Childress, Cochran, Crosby, Garza, King, and Lamb Counties have burn bans in effect as of Thursday. The Texas A&M forest service shows Lubbock and areas to the north have a moderate fire danger for Thursday. Areas to the south of Lubbock have a low risk of fire danger. More than half of Texas has a moderate risk for Thursday.
The Forest Service said in a written statement last week, “Rains earlier this year helped suppress wildfire threats by improving moisture levels across majority of the state. However, this led to a rise in grassy areas, which can help spread fires if it becomes too dry.”
The Forest Service offered advice on reducing fire risk during the winter months: http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/popup.aspx?id=18053