Southern Plains seeing 'critical risk' of wildfires on Sunday

Fires will quickly spread and grow if any were to ignite on Sunday

Strong winds and extremely dry conditions across the Southern Plains have led to a critical risk of wildfires in the area through Monday.


Fire Weather Warnings are in effect across eastern New Mexico, including Carlsbad and Santa Rosa, northern Texas, including Amarillo and Lubbock, and into western and central Oklahoma and southern Kansas.


Winds will remain strong during the day across the region, with most areas seeing sustained winds between 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph by Sunday evening.


It's also been extremely dry across the region, and Sunday will be more of the same.

Humidity levels will drop into the single digits across eastern New Mexico and northern and central Texas. Roswell, New Mexico, will drop to around 5%, while Amarillo and Midland, Texas, will drop below 10%.


Those conditions, along with the strong winds, will allow wildfires to quickly spread if any were to ignite.

To make matters worse, the region is under extreme or exceptional drought.

People living in areas with an increased risk of fires are being asked to limit activities that could cause a spark and dispose of cigarettes properly.