National Weather Service issues fire danger statement for multiple East Texas counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a fire danger statement for multiple East Texas counties.

The fire danger warning has been issued for Angelina, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Marion, Red River, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith and Wood counties.

The following advisory was issued around 6:30 a.m., by the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“An enhanced fire danger will unfold this afternoon across extreme Southeast Oklahoma, as well as Northeast and East Texas. A strong pressure gradient will develop Thursday as a morning surface low in Northeast Texas is pushed eastward by building high-pressure systems off the plains states late this morning and all afternoon. The associated cold front extends from the low and back across North Texas. Southwest winds ahead of the front this morning will quickly shift to the northwest at 10-20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 or 35 miles per hour this afternoon. Meanwhile, dew points will tumble with a warm day on tap. Minimum humidities will drop below 30 percent by mid-afternoon presenting an enhanced fire danger for the area until sunset. Extreme care is urged during all outdoor activities where there is a potential for grass fires and for fires to start and spread rapidly. Please avoid outside burning and do not toss lit cigarette butts outside, especially from a moving car where winds can quickly fan
a flame. Report all wildfires to the nearest fire department or law enforcement agency as soon as possible.”

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