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Texas A&M Forest Service Warns of Critical Fire Danger

Texas A&M University's Forest Service is issuing a warning for the Texas Panhandle.

According to a release today by the Texas A&M Forest Service, critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Panhandle, this Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service has also issued a forecast for the Texas Panhandle region, alerting residents to "extreme," "critical," and "elevated" chances of wildfires in the area.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says that impacted regions for fire dangers could include Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Abilene, Fort Stockton, Wichita Falls, San Angelo and El Paso.

"If a fire should occur, expect it to move fast and burn hot and to pose a serious threat to anything in its path," said Texas A&M Forest Service Predictive Services Department Head Tom Spencer. "This can be a very dangerous situation."

Fire alerts are being proposed due to projected 30mph to 35mph wind speeds and above normal season temperatures. Low humidity and a dry line forming over the area are also factors.

Residents are being asked to avoid outdoor burning during the season. Also, residents are asked not to idle their vehicles in tall, dry grassy areas.

For more information, you are asked to contact the Texas Interagency Coordination Center.

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