A Fire Weather Watch has been declared for much of Central Texas as a cold front is expected to roll across Hill Country this weekend.
The front is expected to bring with it increased wind speeds with no rainfall, similar to the cold front in September 2011 which helped spark a series of devastating wildfires.
"As we transition out of the summer into fall, when we have more of these front come in, a lot of the time we see an increase in winds,” YNN meteorologist Rich Segal said. “It's that dry wind that comes in, it lowers the humidity and that's where we'll see the fire danger."
Last year’s fires consumed tens of thousands of acres of land and nearly 2,000 homes.
While Central Texas is in much better shape this year than last, fire officials still want residents across the area to be extra vigilant this weekend.
"Any type of fire should be reported to authorities because a small light weight surface fuel fire can extend very easily to the aerials fuels where we have problems containing it," Travis County Deputy Fire Marshal Daniel Berger.
Travis County Fire Marshal's office is asking people to take precautions this weekend.
• Discard smoking material safely
• Do not park vehicles over dry grass
• Use caution when working with equipment which could create sparks
• Only discard ashes or coals from cooking fires when they are completely cold
• Immediately report any fires, no matter their size, to authorities
Stick with YNN's weather team for the latest in weather news and updates over at our weather section.
Click below for an in-depth comparison of this year's weather and last year's weather by YNN meteorologist Adam Kruger.
TWC News: Impending cold front fuels fire warnings across Central Texas
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