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Fire Danger elevated
LIVINGSTON — Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Shine is urging area residents to postpone outdoor burning while Southeast Texas is under elevated fire danger conditions. These elevated threats, or red flag conditions, are expected to continue through next week. “When a dry air mass moves into Southeast Texas, bringing a combination of abundant sunshine, warm temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds, the National Weather Service will issue a Red Flag Warning,” Shine said. “The warning means that an elevated fire danger will exist during the time period indicated in the warning. “Oftentimes these warning also imply that winds may gust to speeds in excess of 25 mph,” Shine added. “A Red Flag Warning may be issued during times that the county is not under a burn ban. The daily warnings are intended to make the public aware of the hazard of outdoor burning during the time period indicated,” Shine said. If the fire escapes from the intended containment area it has a very strong possibility of getting out of control, emergency officials warned. Anyone burning out of doors should check with the NWS online or the Polk County Office of Emergency Management before burning. Although it is legal to burn on a day when a Red Flag Warning has been issued, it is not advisable. Anyone who starts a fire that escapes his control, may be liable for the unwanted damages.