Low humidity, winds combine for high fire danger

County and volunteers answer seven calls Sunday; NWS issues special statement

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Dec 31, 2007 - Area residents are cautioned to be careful with outdoor fires over the next day or so, not to mention the fireworks that accompany many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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A front is bringing gusty winds and low humidity, increasing the chances of grass fires that have already been on the rise in Hopkins County.

Nine grass fires were reported in Hopkins County over the weekend, and while one turned out to be a controlled burn, the other eight were legitimate wildfires.

Seven of the fires were reported Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. That included one near the Hunt-Delta county line that had firemen in those jurisdictions asking Hopkins County for help. North Hopkins, Peerless and Cumby fire teams assisted in putting out the blaze the ultimately spread to some 40 acres.

The fires were not confined to any one area. Volunteer firemen from Hopkins County, North Hopkins, Tira, Pickton-Pine Forest, Saltillo, Arbala, Miller Grove, Cumby, Dike and Brinker all responded to grass fires in the county Sunday.

And conditions are expected to get worse before they get better.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook today for North Texas, including Hopkins County, as a strong cold front was bringing gusty north winds and dry air to the region this afternoon.

The conditions are most severe in the western two-thirds of the area, the outlook warned, but a grassland fire danger statement was also issued for the rest of North Texas.

�Extreme care is urged during any outdoor activity on

New Year’s Eve that could start grass fires,” the weather statement said.

A high fire danger will continue New Year’s Day, according to the weather service with dry and windy conditions expected.

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK

News-Telegram Managing Editor

Area residents are cautioned to be careful with outdoor fires over the next day or so, not to mention the fireworks that accompany many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Nine grass fires were reported in Hopkins County over the weekend, and while one turned out to be a controlled burn, the other eight were legitimate wildfires.

Seven of the fires were reported Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. That included one near the Hunt-Delta county line that had firemen in those jurisdictions asking Hopkins County for help. North Hopkins, Peerless and Cumby fire teams assisted in putting out the blaze the ultimately spread to some 40 acres.

The fires were not confined to any one area. Volunteer firemen from Hopkins County, North Hopkins, Tira, Pickton-Pine Forest, Saltillo, Arbala, Miller Grove, Cumby, Dike and Brinker all responded to grass fires in the county Sunday.

And conditions are expected to get worse before they get better.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook today for North Texas, including Hopkins County, as a strong cold front was bringing gusty north winds and dry air to the region this afternoon.

The conditions are most severe in the western two-thirds of the area, the outlook warned, but a grassland fire danger statement was also issued for the rest of North Texas.

�Extreme care is urged during any outdoor activity on

New Year’s Eve that could start grass fires,” the weather statement said.

A high fire danger will continue New Year’s Day, according to the weather service with dry and windy conditions expected.

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