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For Immediate Release

September 4, 2011

Update: High Fire Danger (Sun – 0930)

The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning in place for Harris and surrounding counties from 9am-7pm Sunday and 9am-9pm Monday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will occur shortly. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures creates the ideal conditions for fire growth potential. Any fires that develop are likely to spread rapidly.

Several fires were reported in Harris County on Saturday; one fire caused damage to several homes in the northwest part of the county.

The outdoor burn ban is still in effect. Details of the burn ban are available through the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has activated its Emergency Operations Center during daylight hours and is monitoring the Red Flag Warnings in conjunction with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

HCOHSEM remains at Level 3 (Increased Readiness) and will issue further bulletins as circumstances warrant.

Joint Information Center

Harris County Fire Marshal

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