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Threat of Texas wildfires increases through Wednesday

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Experts say dry, gusty conditions in parts of Texas have increased the threat for wildfires this week.

The Texas A&M Forest Service on Monday announced critical fire weather conditions are expected over the Texas Plains region through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued an alert increasing the wildfire potential for the Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Fort Stockton and El Paso areas.

The Forest Service says increased fire activity could happen due to sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph combining with above-normal seasonal temperatures.

The forecast for the region includes partly cloudy and windy with highs near 80 on Tuesday. Officials also cite low relative humidity.

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