The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for Kerr County and most of the Hill Country starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with gusty winds and dry conditions expected throughout the day.
A red-flag warning means ripe conditions for extreme fire behavior.
“Very dry air will begin to filter into the region late Tuesday morning and afternoon due to gusty west winds,” the NWS said in its statement. “Minimum humidities in the 10% to 20% range, sustained 15 to 25 MPH winds with embedded higher gusts, and winter cured fuels will combine to create critical fire weather conditions from late morning through the early evening hours across this portion of south-central
NWS said Tuesday’s high could be 70 degrees and Wednesday’s high around 80. However, there could be a 30-degree cool-down on Thursday.
The Hill Country remains locked into fire danger with the recent hard freeze and lack of precipitation. Less than an inch of rain fell in January, and February is proving to be just as dry.