Lubbock County Issues Red Flag Warning Due to Potential Fire Activity
Due to the Critical fire weather conditions forecasted for the South Plains and Lubbock County Wednesday April 10, 2019.
Lubbock County in Coordination with Lubbock County Fire Departments will be at Readiness Level II – High Readiness Wednesday too include:
Alert of Key Personnel of possible response and emergency duties.
Placing Selected personnel and equipment on standby and / or prepositioning assets for
Identify Key Personnel to staff the EOC and / or Incident Command Post if those
facilities are activated.
Initiate Situational Awareness monitoring and information sharing with local and
Prepare to implement inter-local mutual aid agreements if needed.
These measures are being taken due to Extreme Threat to Lubbock County Citizens and the “extreme”, wildfire potential.
Increased fire activity is a concern due to sustained wind speeds of 40 to 55 mph, gusting to 70 mph, combining with above normal seasonal temperatures and low relative humidity.
This can be a very dangerous situation and if a fire should occur, expect it to move fast and burn hot and to pose a serious threat to anything in its path.
Even though Lubbock County does not have a Burn Ban in place, we remind Citizens that no outdoor burning will be allowed in compliance with the State of Texas TCEQ Burn Rules.
This ban is in place on any Red Flag Warning day as issued by the National Weather Service.
With high fire danger, caution should be used with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark.
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire.
Avoid parking and idling in tall, dry grass. Catalytic converters can get hot enough to ignite the grass under a vehicle.
We also request that extreme caution be utilized with any Hot Work being performed such and use of welding equipment or cutting torches. We also asked that if Hot Work can be postponed until after Wednesday that you postpone the work.
Avoid setting hot chainsaws or other hot, gas-powered equipment in dry grass.
Wildfires burning in grass can spread and grow extremely fast. It is important that if you spot a wildfire you report it immediately to local authorities. A quick response can help save lives and property.
For more information, please contact the Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management at (806) 775-7300.