Fire Danger: What does each risk category mean?

A combination of dry air, dry grasses, and high winds can often make for elevated fire danger concerns

High-to-very high fire danger conditions are in place for portions of South Central Texas Thursday, 2/16.

It’s a phrase often talked about when drought conditions are present: fire danger.

Gusty winds, low humidity and dry vegetation are key ingredients for elevated fire danger conditions and are parameters in place Thursday following last night’s cold front.

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When these conditions are evident, it’s best to not burn anything outdoors, or partake in any outdoor activities that could spark an open flame.

But what exactly does each fire danger category mean? Let’s dive into the details:

Fire Danger Levels

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, there are five levels of fire danger: low, moderate, high, very high, and extreme.

Here are the definitions of each category which are listed on their website:




Very High:


Fire Danger Forecast

The latest fire danger forecast from the Texas A&M Forest Service shows high to very high fire danger conditions in place Thursday (Feb. 16) across portions of South Central Texas. Because of this, a Red Flag Warning (Fire Weather Warning) has been issued for counties in pink, and has been extended to now run through 6 p.m.

Outdoor burning is NOT recommended given the gusty 30-35 mph+ wind gusts, low humidity, and current drought conditions.

For the latest information on active Burn Bans across South Central Texas, click here.

About the Author

Meteorologist Mia Montgomery joined the KSAT Weather Authority Team in September 2022. As a Floresville native, Mia grew up in the San Antonio area and always knew that she wanted to return home. She previously worked as a meteorologist at KBTX in Bryan-College Station and is a fourth-generation Aggie.

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