Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Brownsville, TX

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROWNSVILLE TX
353 AM CST SUN JAN 22 2017

...DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON SUNDAY...

.THE COLD FRONT HAS PASSED THROUGH THE REGION, WITH GUSTY WINDS
ALREADY DEVELOPING AREAWIDE. HUMIDITY VALUES HAVE FALLEN BELOW 50
PERCENT BEHIND THE FRONT. WINDS WILL INCREASE FURTHER AND HUMIDITY
WILL CONTINUE TO DROP SIGNIFICANTLY AFTER SUNRISE DUE TO MIXING OF
WINDS AND DRY AIR FROM ALOFT. THESE WILL LEAD TO CRITICAL FIRE
WEATHER CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY SUNDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL
MOVE INTO SOUTH TEXAS THIS EVENING, QUICKLY DECREASING WINDS BELOW
CRITICAL THRESHOLDS.

TXZ248>257-221800-
/O.CON.KBRO.FW.W.0001.170122T1500Z-170123T0000Z/
ZAPATA-JIM HOGG-BROOKS-KENEDY-STARR-HIDALGO-INLAND WILLACY-
INLAND CAMERON-COASTAL WILLACY-COASTAL CAMERON-
353 AM CST SUN JAN 22 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO
6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND VERY LOW HUMIDITY FOR
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256,
AND 257...

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 248, 249, 250, 251, 252,
  253, 254, 255, 256, AND 257.

* WIND...SURFACE WINDS NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 GUSTING TO 45 MPH.
  20- FOOT WINDS NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 GUSTING TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 PERCENT WEST OF U.S. 77/I-
  69E SUNDAY AFTERNOON...AND INTO THE UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20S
  EAST OF U.S. 77/I-69E.

* HIGHEST THREAT...IS LOCATED ACROSS THE MID AND UPPER VALLEY
  EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHEN WINDS AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY
  VALUES WILL BE OPTIMIZED.

* 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 RED FLAG WARNING MEANS CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. 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
LONGER...AND CURED FUELS. HUMIDITY BELOW 25 PERCENT IN MOST AREAS
WILL TRIGGER FIRE DANGER AT LOWER WIND SPEEDS.

&&

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