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Fire Weather Watch

Statement as of 2:56 PM CST on January 24, 2017

Expires 7:00 PM EST on January 25, 2017


... Fire Weather Watch in effect Wednesday afternoon for strong
winds and low humidity for fire weather zones 248, 249, 250, 252,
and 253...

The National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a Fire
Weather Watch, which is in effect Wednesday afternoon.

* Affected area... fire weather zones 248, 249, 250, 252, and
253.

* Wind... northwest 20 to 30 mph gusting to 35 mph.

* Humidity... lower 20s across the upper portions of the Rio Grande
Valley and northwest ranchlands... lower to mid 20s across the
middle portions of the Rio Grande Valley and the rest of the
northern ranchlands.

* Thunderstorms... not expected.

* Highest threat... is located across the middle and upper portions
of the Rio Grande Valley and the northwest ranchlands.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended. Avoid contact between hot
objects and grasses... which can burn hot and fast.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. In general... these conditions include
sustained 20 foot winds of 25 mph or greater... humidity ranging
from below 25 percent in Zapata County to below 45 percent along
the coast... each lasting for 2 hours or more... and cured fuels.
Humidity below 25 percent in most areas will trigger fire danger
at lower wind speeds. Detailed decision tables are found at
http://weather.Gov/rgv/?N=mapcolors#fire. Listen for later
forecasts and possible red flag warnings.



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