This probably portends a bleak future of some sort, as record warmth and strong winds were enough to fuel Texas’ largest wildfire in history without any aid from an ongoing drought.

A regional look at drought.

The fact that such a massive blaze took place without any ongoing drought conditions feels alarming, even knowing that no matter what grass fuels are dry by February most every year.

Fires typically spread as a result of dry fuels, warm temperatures, and strong winds. So it probably isn’t surprising that on a week where Texas was breaking all time February heat records, when you mixed in some massive winds things just kind of went nuts.

Rain and snow yesterday helped firefighters out, but warmth and wind are both returning starting today to the Panhandle.