Red flag warning Thursday across South Central Texas, high fire danger

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COURTESY/National Weather Service-Austin/San Antonio.

Please do not burn anything outdoors.

The National Weather Service-Austin/San Antonio has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of South Central Texas for Thursday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is due to the extremely dry conditions, and a mostly dry cold front, which will move through the area Thursday.

Firefighters in the area have been fighting numerous brush and grass fires, due to the extremely dry conditions. The anticipated front will heighten the danger.

Wilson County and nearby Atascosa, Karnes, Gonzales, and DeWitt counties currently are under a burn ban. Outdoor burning is prohibited without a permit.

Dry vegetation, low relative humidity, and the windy conditions will lead to critical fire weather and high fire danger on Thursday. Weather conditions will be favorable for grass fires.

Behind the front, northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts of 35 to 40 mph, are expected. Residents across South Central Texas are urged to avoid activities that could inadvertently cause a wildfire. Fire prevention measures include:

•Proper disposal of cigarettes — do not throw them out the vehicle window!

•Check trailer chains to be sure they don’t drag and create sparks

•Don’t park recently driven cars on grass

•Obey local burn bans!