The SPC is warning of a ‘wildfire outbreak’ being possible tomorrow from eastern New Mexico into Western Oklahoma, including much of the Texas Panhandle.

An Extremely Critical fire weather designation is in effect for the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma, indicating a high potential for a catastrophic wildfire outbreak. Meteorological conditions pose a dire threat, with several factors contributing to extreme fire danger:

Wind: Strong westerly winds associated with an upper-level trough system will create sustained winds near 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph. These powerful winds will rapidly fan any flames.

Humidity: Abnormally low humidity levels in the single digits will leave vegetation critically dry and susceptible to ignition.

Fuels: Drought conditions and recent fire activity have left the region with ample dry fuel. The latest fuel guidance indicates values above the 95th percentile for this time of year.

It’s crucial to stay updated on the latest fire weather warnings. Heed all directives from local officials, and remember, any spark could quickly ignite a destructive blaze.