Red Flag Warning (03/20)

Despite recent rains, conditions will be conducive for rapid fire growth and spread today.  Brazos County and several surrounding counties will be under a Red Flag Warning from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM today (03/20).

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
416 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

...AFTERNOON RED FLAG WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT...

.THE RECENT LACK OF RAINFALL ALLOWING FINE FUELS TO CURE...IN
TANDEM WITH GUSTY NORTH WINDS AND DRY AIR ADVECTING IN AND LOWERING
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES TO UNDER 30 PERCENT...HAS PROMPTED AN AFTERNOON
RED FLAG WARNING.

TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-202300-
/O.NEW.KHGX.FW.W.0003.160320T1700Z-160320T2300Z/
AUSTIN-BRAZORIA-BRAZOS-BURLESON-CHAMBERS-COLORADO-FORT BEND-
GALVESTON-GRIMES-HARRIS-HOUSTON-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MADISON-MATAGORDA-
MONTGOMERY-POLK-SAN JACINTO-TRINITY-WALKER-WALLER-WASHINGTON-
WHARTON-
416 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CDT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CDT
THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED COUNTIES... HOUSTON...TRINITY...MADISON...WALKER...
  SAN JACINTO...POLK...BURLESON...BRAZOS...WASHINGTON...
  GRIMES...MONTGOMERY...LIBERTY...COLORADO...AUSTIN...WALLER...
  HARRIS...CHAMBERS...WHARTON...FORT BEND...JACKSON...
  MATAGORDA...BRAZORIA...GALVESTON.

* WIND...15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...LOW TO MID 20S.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRE COULD QUICKLY BECOME OUT OF CONTROL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE
GROWTH POTENTIAL.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
424 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-211200-
AUSTIN-BRAZORIA-BRAZOS-BURLESON-CHAMBERS-COLORADO-FORT BEND-
GALVESTON-GRIMES-HARRIS-HOUSTON-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MADISON-MATAGORDA-
MONTGOMERY-POLK-SAN JACINTO-TRINITY-WALKER-WALLER-WASHINGTON-
WHARTON-
424 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS DUE TO GUSTY NORTH WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES. CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD DEVELOP WHICH COULD CREATE EXPLOSIVE
FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED.

Author: Chris Martin

Chris Martin is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Brazos County. Prior to moving into emergency management, he spent 12 years with Bryan Fire Department. His response background includes: firefighting, EMS, USAR, wilderness rescue, HAZMAT and incident management. Chris also serves on Texas Task Force 1 as a Technical Search Specialist.