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Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Today, February 28, 2011

Posted February 28, 2011 7:53:50 AM CST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Fort Bend County from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. CST.

A much drier airmass will be moving into Southeast Texas today in the wake of the overnight cold front. The combination of abundant sunshine, warm temperatures, low humidity, and gusty northwest winds has resulted in the issuance of the red flag warning over Southeast Texas today.

The national weather service in Houston/Galveston has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 10 am this morning to 6 pm CST this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

The combination of abundant sunshine, warm temperatures, low humidity, and gusty northwest winds along with very low fuel moisture levels will result in an elevated fire danger today. A cold front that moved across the area overnight has ushered in a much drier airmass. Humidity levels are expected to drop below 30% between 10 and 11 am and bottom out in the 15-25% range this afternoon. Northwest winds of 10-20 MPH are expected with gusts around 25 MPH at times. Humidity values will recover above 30% and winds will diminish around sunset.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

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