August 14, 2023 11:15 AM
Fire Weather Warning
Excessive heat and prolonged dry conditions have significantly increased the risk for wildfires across South-Central Texas, including in New Braunfels.
Gusty winds and low humidity are combining with already elevated fire dangers, creating critical fire weather conditions across South Central Texas, prompting the City of New Braunfels to ask residents to be extremely cautious. Very high fire danger is expected to continue over the next few days thanks to increased wind speeds and continued triple-digit temperatures. Those conditions, combined with very dry grass and other vegetation, can easily result in wildfires.
Comal County Commissioners Court voted to extend the Disaster Declaration that's been in place since August 11. The City of New Braunfels continues to encourage residents and visitors to use extreme caution when dealing with any fire related activities. The City of New Braunfels continues to encourage residents and visitors to use extreme caution when dealing with any fire related activities.
Please be aware that roadside fires have been a major cause of wildfires in Texas this summer. With that in mind, drivers are advised to avoid parking, driving, or idling in dry grass and to watch for vehicles pulling trailers or boats with tow chains or other metal objects that strike the road causing sparks.
Other fire safety tips from the National Weather Service include:
▪️ Never throw lit cigarettes on the ground and keep ashes in a metal container with a tight lid.
▪️ Keep grills or smokers on gravel or paved surfaces.
▪️ Have water stored nearby when using grills, smokers, etc.
▪️ Maintain vehicle brakes and tires
▪️ Mow lawns early in the morning and when it’s not windy or excessively dry.
Barbecue grills in all City parks will be closed starting August 15.
For information on how families can stay prepared for emergencies and disasters like wildfires, visit www.newbraunfels.gov/disasterprep
From Comal County officials:
Residents should visit the Fire Marshal’s webpage for more information on the Disaster Declaration and links to apply for Hot Work permits. (See Links)