Wildfire alert in place for much of region Tuesday

A fire weather watch has been issued for much of Deep South Texas from Tuesday afternoon through evening, the National Weather Service reports.

Areas under the watch include Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, inland Kenedy, Starr, Hidalgo and inland Willacy counties.

Weather service forecasters say a combination of strong winds, dry fuel and low relative humidity will combine to make conditions favorable for wildfires.

Texas A&M Forest Service reports 74 counties in the state are under burn bans, including Starr, Kenedy, Brooks and Jim Hogg counties.

The alert is from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40.

Relative humidity will drop to as low as 21 percent, and temperatures will be around 70.

Forecasters say any fires that do develop will likely spread rapidly.

So far this year, 33 wildfires have been reported in Texas, most of them in the north and northeast parts of the state, the forest service reports.