COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M Forest Service has opened a single engine air tanker base in Alpine, Texas to assist with wildfire response across the state.

Persistent drought, cured grasses, above normal temperatures and elevated to critical fire weather will produce conditions conducive to increased fire activity from the Big Bend region to the Midland/Odessa area on Tuesday and Wednesday. This same area will likely experience consecutive days of strong drying in vegetation through the end of the week, resulting in critically dry fuels for the weekend.

In areas east of Childress, San Angelo and Abilene, the fire environment will be less receptive to wildfire activity due to the onset of greening grasses. However, severe to exceptional drought continues for South Texas where cured and above-normal amounts of grass will support fire activity.

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