More Grass Fires are Expected

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 10:37am

These frigid temperatures are not helping the already dry conditions. We’re not expecting any more rain but we are expecting very gusty winds which mean there is a potential for more grass fires.

Firefighters in the lower valley have been kept busy these last few days as they battled several grassfires in different areas. The most recent blaze occurred Tuesday afternoon in Harlingen where firefighters fought a 100 acre grass fire.

We had some rain this morning, damping most of the lower valley, but even that light rain won't stop the potential of grass fires in the upcoming days due to the cold front that rolled through our region early this afternoon.

"Avoid burning for a while. We’re in a drought so that doesn't help the conditions right now."

Weather forecaster with the National Weather Service, Alfredo Vega, tells us last week's arctic blast deteriorated most of the green grass. With this cold front, it only made matters worse.

"It’s going to make the grass, whatever's green out there right now, it's going to freeze that and make it worse."

There is a burn ban in effect for Cameron County. You’re not allowed to burn anything outdoors until that ban is lifted. And if you are caught burning, you face very stiff fines.

"Winds behind this front are really averaging 25-30 mph with gusts of 40 mph."

Weather forecasters expect this arctic front to be the last one of the year as there are no others in the horizon, but just like everything else, anything can change.

If you go outside tonight, it's going to feel in the teens, so weather officials advise you to protect yourself, your pets and your plants from midnight until 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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