SAN ANGELO, Texas — The forecast across West Texas continues to call for hot, dry and windy conditions over the next several days. Highs Wednesday will once again climb over the triple-digit mark, with strong southerly winds gusting upwards of 25 mph.
Hot, dry and windy conditions are the perfect recipe for grass fires to quickly develop and spread. This was the case Tuesday across multiple counties in West Texas. The "Gate 5" Fire in McCulloch County started quickly and grew to 4,800 acres, as of Wednesday morning, with 15% containment.
The "Waldrop" Fire on the McCulloch and Coleman county lines is now 100% contained after growing to 1,097 acres. The "Game Ranch" Fire on the Nolan and Taylor county lines is 70% contained and currently 1,500 acres. All of the information on the fires is according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Many counties are currently under a burn ban across West Texas. A burn ban means that the burning of any brush piles or household trash is prohibited. However, a few counties which have had fires flare up over the past several days are not under a burn ban. This includes McCulloch County, home of the "Gate 5" Fire.
As hot and dry weather is set to continue, more counties may be added to the burn ban list across West Texas.
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