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Red Flag Fire Weather Warning: Valid from June 22, 2:49 PM to 9:00 PM MDT

Urgent - Fire Weather Message
National Weather Service, El Paso TX/Santa Teresa, NM
249 pm MDT Sat Jun 22 2013

Sustained southwest winds aloft to 25-30 mph...will continue over southwest new mexico sunday...ahead of an unseasonably deep upper level low pressure system moving through the northwestern united states. An exceptionally dry atmosphere with an absence of cloud cover...will allow nearly the full strength of these winds to mix down to the levels of higher ridge tops in the Gila Region.  This includes the main ridges of the Mimbres Mountains and Black Range. With Haines Indices of 5-6...extremely low fuel moistures even on large fuels and continued hot conditions expected through at east sunday...this pattern will sustain critical fire conditions meeting red flag criteria again today.

Nmz110-230500- Southwest Mountains-
249 pm MDT Sat Jun 22 2013

Red flag warning remains in effect until 9 pm mdt this evening for strong winds and low humidity for fire weather zone 110.

Red flag warning now in effect from noon to 9 pm mdt sunday for strong winds and low humidity for fire weather zone 110.

The national weather service in el paso tx/santa teresa has issued a red flag warning, which is in effect from noon to 9 pm mdt sunday.

* Area affected: northern gila region and east slopes of the Black Range including northern and eastern portions of fire weather zone 110.

* Timing: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 pm.

* Wind: 20-foot winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts 35 to 40 mph both days.

* Humidity: minimum rh 7 to 13 percent both days.

* Haines index: 5 today. 6 on Sunday.

* Impacts - any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.  Outdoor burning is not recommended. Very active to extreme fire activity is likely.

Precautionary/preparedness actions.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will
create extreme fire growth potential.

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