North Texans expected to see weekend heat wave, with elevated fire risk for some

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An early springtime heat wave, along with gusty winds and low humidity, is expected to bring an elevated wildfire risk to some North Texans this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to high-80s, NBC 5 meteorologist Samantha Davies said.

Those west of Interstate 35 are at a higher risk for fires, Davies said.

Friday evening, crews were working to contain a 150-acre fire in Parker County, just south of Springtown. It was 80% contained as of 9 p.m., according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

For the far western parts of North Texas, the wildfire threat is expected to be critical by Sunday.

But beyond the fire risk, the weekend’s weather “should be nice,” the National Weather Service tweeted.

The fire concerns will continue into Monday, but there’s a chance for rain Tuesday night into Wednesday, Davies said.

Communities in West Texas have been ravaged by the Eastland Complex fire, which has destroyed dozens of homes and killed an Eastland County sheriff’s deputy.

Last weekend, wildfires forced residents in Eastland, Hood and Erath counties west of Fort Worth to evacuate.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Eastland Complex fire remains at about 85 square miles — an estimated 54,513 acres — and is 80% contained.

Davies said it’s important for North Texans to avoid outdoor burning and activities that could start a fire this weekend.

She said people shouldn’t throw lit cigarettes on the ground, drag tow chains, park over tall grass or leave a campfire unattended.

Here’s what NBC5′s latest forecast says:

Saturday: 84/56, sunny and warm

Sunday: 89/60, sunny, breezy and warm

Monday: 85/64, mostly sunny, breezy and warm

Staff writer Catherine Marfin contributed to this report.

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