Fire Threat Increasing Across North Texas Saturday

Slow wind speeds will keep the fire threat from becoming elevated Friday, but an approaching low pressure system will increase wind speed Saturday and along with it the threat for fires.

The National Weather Service says locations north of Interstate 20 will see afternoon relative humidities near or below 30 percent which will result in an elevated fire threat.

Rain chances will increase across the entire region Saturday night as the low pressure system moves across the state. Rain chances will end on Sunday but return to the southeast half of the region Monday.

The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth are in a moderate drought situation, but Denton, Collin and parts of Wise counties are in what's considered to be a severe drought as are parts of the state to our north and northeast.

Tuesday through Thursday will be dry with above normal temperatures. Wind speeds will be light Tuesday but will be on the increase Wednesday and Thursday which will elevate the fire threat slightly.

An arctic cold front will move across the region Thursday night and bring much colder and windy conditions.

A number of North Texas counties are under a burn ban, including

Firefighters in Parker County, which is not under a burn ban, spent Wednesday trying to contain a grass fire that burned an estimated 220 acres.

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