Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Elevated Grass Fire Danger

Southlake is once again in the crosshairs of a fire danger warning that’s been issued for today (Tuesday, January 30, 2018) and Wednesday (January 31, 2018).

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued the warning late yesterday. With little to no rainfall in the forecast for the next week or so, dry weather can make conditions ripe for grass fires.

The National Weather Service is concerned due to windy and extremely dry conditions forecast for North and Central Texas for Tuesday and Wednesday. The biggest concern is expected to be to west of I-35, however, the map below shows where a fire weather watch will be in effect and with it comes the potential for Red Flag Warnings. Both Tuesday and Wednesday will also see wind gusts around 25-30 mph.

A few simple things to remember to help keep the threat of a grass fire away from our community.

  • No outdoor burning – Tarrant and Denton Counties are still under a burn ban
  • Do not improperly dispose of cigarette butts out of your car
  • Avoid activities that cause sparks or flames
  • Check trailer chains
  • Don’t park cars on the grass – hot exhaust systems can ignite dry grass and start fires
  • If you see a grassfire or smell smoke, report it to 9-1-1.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Southlake Fire Department at (817) 748-8106.