Red Flag Warnings: How ongoing drought could cause more fires in the Panhandle

Producers across the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles could be in the line of fire yet again this week.

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Red flag warnings have been issued for the region as dry weather persists. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought across a good portion of Texas, with producers, pastures and livestock in the Panhandle suffering from abnormal to moderate levels of drought.

The National Weather Service says winds could get up to 40 miles per hour and relative humidity will drop to around 10%. Critical fire weather conditions are expected, with the southern Texas Panhandle predicted to see the highest fire weather threat.

Tony St. James with All Ag All Day says even after the Smokehouse Creek Fire, there is still enough vegetation left to spread fires. That fire event is 89% contained now, but the full extent of damages to agriculture is still unknown.

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