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Don’t Let Winds Fan Flames Thursday

Comal County Fire Marshal's Office warns there is a "huge fuel load" on the ground due to dormant grasses, and urges residents to extinguish all open flames in anticipation of high winds predicted for Thursday.

A wind advisory goes into effect between 10 a.m. and midnight on Thursday for Comal County, and with wind gusts of between 40 to 50 miles-per-hour predicted, the county fire marshal’s office urges residents to take precautions.

“Please make sure any fire you have burning today is completely out,” Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde posted on his Facebook page. “Tomorrow we are in for a very windy day and there is a huge fuel load on the ground with all the dormant grass we have this time of year. Please be very careful and also secure anything that might fly away or be damaged by high winds.”

According to the U.S. National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio, a strong cold front will move across the area Thursday morning.

Showers are expected across the Hill Country and eastern counties of South Central. In the wake of the frontal boundary, strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up 50 mph are expected. This will create near critical fire weather for the eastern two-thirds of the area and critical fire weather across the Rio Grande Plains.

Later during the evening and early Friday morning, an upper level disturbance is expected to move across central Texas and produce light precipitation in the form of rain mix with snow across the Hill Country. No snow accumulation expected. A nice warm up is forecast for the upcoming weekend with highs in the upper 60s.

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