Lubbock County Emergency Management brings awareness to first Re

Lubbock County Emergency Management brings awareness to first Red Flag Warning day

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock County

Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management would like to make Citizens aware of the first Red Flag Warning Day for Lubbock County in 2019. We are entering into our Peak of the Fire Weather Season for the South Plains Area.

Increased fire activity today is a concern, due to forecast conditions of sustained wind speeds of 25 to 40 mph and Gust to 60 mph, and combining with above normal seasonal temperatures; possible single digit relative humidity and dry fuels pose a critical fire threat for today.

Any fires that develop can spread rapidly. Outdoor burning will be restricted during the period of the Red Flag Warning, but outdoor burning is discouraged any time today.

Red Flag Criteria are as follows:

Average sustained winds of 20 mph or greater for the 20 foot level

  • Wind gusts 35 mph or greater
  • Relative Humidity of 15 percent or lower
  • National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) rating of high or higher 3 hour or greater duration

Remember Lubbock County does not currently have a Burn Ban in place, but we remind Citizens that no outdoor burning is not allowed today, in compliance with the State of Texas TCEQ Burn Rules.

This restriction is in place on any Red Flag Warning day as issued by the National Weather Service.

We also encourage Citizens to become FIREWISE and learn how to prevent Wildland Fires at the NFPA FIREWISE USA website at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA or video at https://youtu.be/kM09ijBZkT8.

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