Red flag warning for the Concho Valley begins at noon Wednesday

Strong winds, dry air and very warm temperatures Wednesday puts the Concho Valley at a high wildfire risk.

The National Weather Service in San Angelo has issued a red flag warning from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The NWS said that patchy blowing dust will be in the area at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday. The high for Wednesday is expected to be 86 degrees with winds from the west southwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph possible.

The weather service is advising residents to avoid outdoor activities that involve open flames or sparks; not to park vehicles in tall grass; and to extinguish cigarettes properly before disposing. Outdoor burning is not recommended in high fire risk conditions.

Patchy blowing dust will continue until approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Conditions are expected to be mostly clear with a low around 42. The area will be breezy with west winds at 15 to 20 mph becoming north northwest after midnight.