AUSTIN, Texas -- Due to an increasing wildfire threat, the National
Weather Service issued a Near Red Flag warning for central Texas
and the Hill Country on Aug. 18, and the Texas Forest Service (TFS)
issued a Fire Safety Alert for most of the state.
The Division of Emergency Management and TFS are urging Texans
to take extra precautions to avoid accidentally starting a
Lack of rainfall and humidity throughout the state, combined
with the expectation of windy conditions, has led to increased fire
concerns for the Hill Country and central, north central, northeast
and southeast parts of the state.