KETR Local
6:05 am
Wed April 1, 2009

High winds bring fire danger to region

Severe thunderstorms producing high winds, hail and lightning on Monday seemed for the most part to stay clear of the region, now area residents are being warned against the threat of wildfires.

Hunt County Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill says expect an elevated fire danger present today for most of North Texas. The National Weather Service in Forth Worth has issued red flag warnings for portions of the region.

The high winds are to blame, with gusts as high as 30 mph were recorded Wednesday, with gusts as high as 45 mph expected at times Thursday. High winds such as these are always a good indication to avoid any outdoor burning, if possible, plus be cautious when traveling in a vehicle at high speeds.

The entire listening area is under a wind advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday.

Two weeks ago, the Hunt County Commissioners Court lifted the county's burn ban after more than three months under the restriction. So residents in the unincorporated portions of the county may have the option to burn, but are still cautioned to exercise caution when doing so.

There is also a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in affect after midnight. If the weather does turn severe keep it here with 88-9 KETR for the latest.