Less than one percent in drought, fire danger still a concern Thursday

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BRYAN, Tex (KBTX) - Another Thursday brings mainly good news in the drought monitor for the state of Texas, but a cold front pushing cold, dry air into the region will dry up fuel and allow for some heightened fire danger to finish the week.

Here's the latest fire weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center, outlining a good portion of the state (mainly west of I-35, and in the Rio Grande Valley). Dry air, wind, and growth of fuels have made for high fire danger in the highlighted areas blow, but it wouldn't hurt to be fire-aware this afternoon in the Brazos Valley.

While areas in the Rio Grande Valley have returned to the "Abnormally Dry" category, this is a good reminder that areas do NOT need to be under drought to experience high fire danger.

We may get some relief in this aspect after the Christmas holiday, but winter fronts can often bring dry and windy conditions.

From the US Drought Monitor Website run by University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the drought center.