Drought status okay, but hidden fire danger still exists

Today’s weekly update from the US Drought Monitor shows plenty of soil moisture in place across Central Texas. But a hidden fire danger still exists. As evidenced by yesterday’s fire in Bastrop County, “flashy fuels” (leaves and grasses) have become dangerously dry after two and a half weeks of almost completely rain-free weather. With gusty winds and drier air filtering in today behind an early morning cold front, we recommend being extra careful with any accidental outdoor sparks.