National Weather Service issues fire weather watch
Houston County Courier
Forecast weather conditions for Thursday, Oct. 28, have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a “Fire Weather Watch” for Houston County and the surrounding areas. “A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. “The combination of mild temperatures . . . very low humidity levels and gusty north winds will result in critical fire weather conditions across Southeast Texas on Thursday. “Critical fire weather conditions are expected in the wake of a strong cold front which will cross the area late Wednesday (Oct. 27) night. “Humidity levels will drop sharply Thursday morning . . . falling to the 20 to 25 percent range between 10 and 11 a.m. and bottoming out in the 10 to 20 percent range mid-afternoon. “Humidities will not recover above 25 percent until after sunset. Gusty north winds of 15 to 25 mph will develop by mid to late morning Thursday and persist until sunset,” according to the National Weather Service. A wildfire in southern Tyler County was fanned by the high winds experienced throughout Southeast Texas Monday, spreading the fire to 1,800 acres. Houston, Trinity, Walker, Madison and Leon Counties along with nearly all of Southeast Texas are under a BURN BAN. You can view the Burn Ban map on the TFS website: http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/decban.png. This means any outdoor burning is prohibited. If you cause an accidental fire while working outdoors with lawn equipment or farm machinery, etc., PLEASE do not hesitate to call 911 immediately. Get help as soon as possible so your local VFD and/or Texas Forest Service firefighting crews can stop the fire with as little damage as possible.