Fire Danger Exists With or Without Red Flag

Dry, windy conditions could still lead to fires

By Chris Van Horne
|  Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 PM CDT
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Fire Danger Exists With or Without Red Flag

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North Texas will be in danger of grass fires until April.

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Severe weather northeast of the Metroplex wasn't the only weather condition being watched on Tuesday.

Several counties west of Tarrant County had red flag warnings posted as fire danger remained high.

The Texas Department of Forestry has said that fire danger in North Texas will exist until April.

A burn ban has been in place in Tarrant County in the last few weeks. But despite the lack of warnings in the metro area, the danger for fire exists.

Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois said that high gusts of wind and little rainfall could lead to grass fires.

"We're still in such a dry state that we could suffer the same as being under a red flag warning," he said.

While rural areas tend to see more grass fires than urban areas, there is still a risk.

"It's good that we're urbanizing," Renois said. "Yet we can have a 10- or 20-acre grass fire cause more damage than a 100,000 acre grass fire because we've got houses out in those communities like that."

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