...With High Fire Danger In Place...Conditions Remain Critically DryWith Strong Winds Returning Today Across Southern New Mexico And FarWest Texas To Produce A Critical Fire Weather Window...

.Extremely Dry Conditions...Above Normal Temperatures...And StrongWinds Will Return Again This Afternoon. Temperatures Will RunAbout 5-7 Degrees Above Normal As Minimum Relative Humidity ValuesDrop Into The Lower And Middle Teens Across The Lower Elevations.Another Approaching Upper Level Trough Will Bring Windy ConditionsThis Afternoon As Westerly Winds Increase Into The 20 To 30 Mph Range.The Pattern Is Not Quite A Classic Critical Fire Weather PatternBut Long-Term Drought...Dry And Abundant Fuels...And RecentWildfire Activity Combined With The Dry...Warm...And WindyConditions Suggest That Large Fire Growth Is Likely With Any NewIgnitions.

Southwest Deserts And Lowlands-South Central Lowlands And Southern Rio Grande Valley-El Paso-Hudspeth-440 Am Mdt Sun Apr 13 2014

...Red Flag Warning Is In Effect From 1 Pm This Afternoon To 8 PmMdt This Evening For Strong Winds And Low Humidity For All LowlandFire Weather Zones Across South Central And Southwest New MexicoAnd Far West Texas. This Includes Fire Weather Zones 055...056...111 And 112..

The National Weather Service In El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa HasIssued A Red Flag Warning...Which Is In Effect From 1 Pm ThisAfternoon To 8 Pm Mdt This Evening.

* Event: Critical Fire Weather Conditions This Afternoon Across The Lowlands Of South Central And Southwestern New Mexico And Far West Texas Due To Warm Temperatures...A Very Dry Airmass... And Windy Conditions.

* Wind: West Winds 20 To 30 Mph At The 20-Foot Level With Occasional Gust To Near 40 Mph.

* Humidity: Minimum Relative Humidity Between 10 To 15 Percent.

* Impacts...Any On-Going Fires Or New Fires That Develop Will Likely Spread Rapidly And Be Difficult To Control. Outdoor Burning Is Not Recommended.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...

A Red Flag Warning Means That Critical Fire Weather ConditionsAre Either Occurring Now...Or Will Shortly. A Combination OfStrong Winds...Low Relative Humidity...And Warm Temperatures WillCreate Extreme Fire Growth Potential.

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