Officials urging caution in New Braunfels during elevated fire risk

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — With record-high temperatures and drought conditions ongoing, the City of New Braunfels is asking its residents to be extra cautious during hazardous fire conditions.

The National Weather Service says Red Flag Warnings are issued for Comal and Guadalupe counties, which includes New Braunfels.

Gusty winds and low humidity are combining with already elevated fire dangers, creating critical fire weather conditions.

Fire danger is said to be very high over the next few days.

Increasing winds of up to 15 mph, triple-digit high temperatures and very dry conditions can easily result in wildfires.

City officials are asking residents and visitors to be extremely cautious with fire.

You are advised to avoid parking, driving, or idling in dry grass that could catch fire due to a hot engine. You are also discouraged from pulling trailers or boats with tow chains or other metal objects that scrape the road and create 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.

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