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Cold front expected Friday, wildfire dangers increases

By DAVID TEWES
Dec. 29, 2010 at 6:29 a.m.


Forecasters are calling for patchy fog Thursday morning, giving way to cloudy skies and a high in the low 70s.

Showers and thunderstorms dumped 0.36 of an inch in Victoria Wednesday. But conditions should be drying out soon.

The National Weather Service and the Texas Forest Service continue to warn that there is an elevated danger of wildfires through the New Year's Eve weekend.

They urge people planning to use fireworks or to burn outdoors to keep an eye on the weather and avoid causing brush and grass fires.

Another cold front is forecast to arrive in the Crossroads Friday, bringing windy and dry conditions to the region and little or no rain.

By midnight Friday, winds will be from the north to northeast. They will be strongest across the Coastal Bend and Crossroads, where winds speeds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts over 25 mph will be possible.

"I'm glad we got rain," said Ron Pray, the Victoria County fire marshal. "But I don't know if it's enough."

He said when the relative humidity dips and the wind picks up, there is plenty of dry fuel for fires.

That's one reason County Commissioner Gary Burns plans to open Saxet Lakes Park to the public for setting off fireworks Friday evening.

Pray and volunteer firefighters will be on hand to supervise the activities in case there is a problem.

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