High winds are fanning several fires and causing other problems across West Texas today.
A large fire has been burning in Winkler County about 10 miles south of Kermit on Highway 18 this morning. Crews from Wink, Monahans and Kermit are working that fire. Sheriff's deputies have been managing traffic along Highway 18. Fire officials say they finally got that fire under control around 9:00 a.m. and are now putting out hot spots.
Another fire has destroyed a two-story home at Blair and Mercury in West Odessa. It's not known what started that fire. Emergency Management and Fire officials would like to remind citizens that Ector County is under a Red Flag Warning. Extreme weather conditions, such as high winds, dry vegetation and low humidity, are creating dangerous and potentially deadly fire conditions.
Citizens need to avoid burning trash or vegetation on days when a Red Flag Warning has been issued. A small spark can be picked up by the wind and erupt into a dangerous fire that is fueled by dry vegetation. Welders are encouraged to use extreme caution when working.
Citizens are also reminded that a Burn Ban has been issued in Ector County and citizens found in violation of the Burn Ban can be fined.
Citizens can protect their homes and our community by being aware of Red Flag Warnings and obeying the law.
Midland Police have closed the intersection of Big Spring and Wall. Police are concerned a sign on a building is in danger of falling due to the high winds.
StormTracker9's Darrell Ward says the wind should begin to die down this afternoon. Fire officials warn residents that the fire danger remains very high.