ABILENE, Texas -

Red Flag Warnings are in effect today from late morning through the mid-evening hours for numerous counties in the Big Country.

Counties within our viewing area under the warning include: Taylor (Abilene), King, Knox, Kent, Stonewall, Haskell, Throckmorton, Scurry, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Mitchell, Nolan, Callahan, Sterling, Coke, Runnels, Coleman and Tom Green.

Critical fire weather conditions are expected this afternoon due to very warm air temperatures in the middle 80s combined with gusty west winds from 20-35 mph, and relative humidity values at or below 15 percent.

Any fires that develop have the potential to rapidly grow out of control. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged.