• A fire near FM 209 and Miller Bend Road in Young County that burned at the beginning of July. The Texas Forest Service reported the fire to be 1,014 acres, and was contained by Thursday, July 5. All wildfires in Young County and neighboring counties are under control after weeks of firefighting with the fires in Archer County under control as of Thursday afternoon. (Leader file photo)

Area wildfires contained, but hot weather remains

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Young County and several surrounding counties Thursday and it remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22.

High temperatures ranging from 103-110 degrees are possible each afternoon until Sunday. Heat index values may exceed 110 degrees and very hot temperatures will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Be sure to check on those with health problems and the elderly, as they are most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, the weather service release said.

Don’t leave young children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time, as temperatures can rise to life-threatening levels.

Work outside in the morning or evening, if necessary, and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light and loose-fitting clothes when possible and drink plenty of water.

During outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Those overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so call 911.

Wildfire Update

All wildfires in Young County and neighboring counties are under control after weeks of firefighting.

A handful of fires have been igniting and blazing throughout the month of July and the most recent fires, in Archer County, were under control by Thursday afternoon.

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