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Weather's Role in Increased Fire Danger

Fire danger across the Panhandle is stemming from a lack of moisture but experts say it's been months in the making.

The National Weather Service determines high fire danger by analyzing several current weather conditions.

But the extreme conditions we are seeing right now, started before Halloween.

Past three days, grass fires have been constant in the Panhandle.

And meteorologist say a lack of moisture in the air is fueling these flames.

"Especially when it's this dry, plus with the wind especially, it really does take the moisture out of the plants, and the grasses and the soil too as well," said Forecaster-in-charge at the National Weather Service, Lance Goehring.

The fire danger started months ago.

Since October 22nd, Amarillo has received less than a quarter inch of rain.

And the weather service says the outlook for either rain or snow, doesn't look bright.

"I don't think there will be much with that. It doesn't look like it. If there is anything it will be very very light. We're not expecting much for the next couple weeks, the way things are looking," said Goehring.

So while there's no rain expected in the foreseeable future.

At least Tuesday isn't expected to be as intense as Monday.

The weather service says a red flag warning is not likely.

But a fire danger statement could last for the next few days.

Several counties say they will soon consider putting burn bans back in place.

As of right now, six panhandle counties do have active burn bans.

To see which ones click here: http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/decban.png

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