NWS Issues Red Flag Warning for Entire Rio Grande Valley

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BROWNSVILLE – The National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a red flag warning for the Rio Grande Valley.

The warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring or could occur.

Experts say low humidity, stronger winds and dry conditions can combine to make hazardous fire conditions.

Weslaco firefighter Ron Cathey says it doesn’t take much for fires in these conditions to spread.

“They spread very quickly. In a matter of minutes, it can move from a small trash fire to large acres,” he says, “with any houses in the way, it endangers those properties and lives as well.”

Cathey says the best thing to do is not to burn at all.

He says you should also be mindful when throwing matches away or cigarette butts out the window.

Fire officials warn if someone is linked back to a fire that damages property, they could face legal consequences.

The warning will continue until 7 p.m. Thursday. 

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