Excessive Heat Warning and Critical Fire Danger — July 19, 2022
Today, Tuesday, July 19, the area will be under both an excessive heat warning and red flag warning with conditions creating a critical fire danger.
Multiple wildfires are currently actively burning in neighboring counties. The smoke from these fires has become visible in our area.
In addition to precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, residents are strongly encouraged to avoid any activity that could lead to an unintentional outbreak of fire.
Common causes of wildfires include tossing lit cigarettes on the ground, parking on dry grass, trailers whose chains aren’t properly secured causing sparks as they travel along the road way, and unattended campfires. Low humidity levels along with forecasted winds of 10-15 miles per hour with higher gusts, combined with the ongoing drought conditions will cause fires that start to spread out of control rapidly.
Parker County, as is much of Texas, is under a Burn Ban, and outdoor burning is prohibited. For those who must perform activities such as welding, it is imperative that they take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of any fire that may start unintentionally.
While it will not be common to see and smell smoke in the area due to the ongoing wildfires to our south and west, residents are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately to report any fire that they see.