As Texas continues to deal with one of the worst wildfire situations in its history, a return of sizzling heat, gusty winds and bone-dry conditions is renewing an extreme threat for the spread and development of new fires.
Winds blowing out of the west or southwest will be gusting near or past 50 mph today across western Texas, while temperatures rise into the 90s or 100s in many places.
The Texas Forest Service warned that evacuations are common under these conditions and that responders, emergency planners and residents should be prepared to leave immediately.
Wednesday, the greatest fire danger will shift into South Texas as a front dips southward through the state. While winds will not be nearly as strong as in western Texas today, they will still be gusty enough to create an elevated fire threat.