The NWS looks at three key elements to determine if there is a risk of wildfires across Texoma. The three elements are: humidity, temperature and wind.
When the humidity is forecast to be very low in the afternoon with relatively warm temperatures and rather high winds the NWS becomes concerned about the risk of wildfires. They also take into consideration the 'fuel' that is in the environment.
"Fuel" consists of dry vegetation. And, now that the cold air has been in place many times since early November the vegetation has died and dried out, this creates 'fuel' for wildfires if they start.
The high winds create a risk of any wildfires that start becoming quickly out of control.
High temperatures also add to the risk.
The current wildfire risk in Texoma is as follows:
Wednesday: VERY HIGH/EXTREME
Thursday: VERY HIGH/EXTREME
When wildfire risk becomes extreme often the NWS will issue alerts to notify the public and local firefighters and emergency responders that the wildfire risk is high.
Here are the alerts that the NWS uses:
*FIRE WEATHER WATCH* which indicates that there is a high likelihood that the fire danger will be extreme during the next 24-36 hours.
*RED FLAG WARNING* which indicates that there is an extreme danger of wildfires that state to become out of control during the next 6-24 hours.
At this time (748am Tuesday, December 17, 2013) there are no alerts in effect but this could change so you are encouraged to stay tuned to KFDX TV 3 for further updates on the weather situation.
KFDX Meteorologist Bryan Rupp.
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