fire weather watch 050821Critical Fire Weather Conditions Possible on Saturday... .The approach of an upper trough on Saturday brings very dry weather and gusty southwesterly winds for southern New Mexico. Minimum relative humidity will drop to the single digits, while winds will be above 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. The most affected areas will be southwest New Mexico east of the Continental Divide and moving to the northeast along the Rio Grande Valley, and the Sacramento Mountains. Currently, we are uncertain about the fuel moisture levels in Texas due to the precipitation expected this afternoon and evening. If the area does not receive enough precipitation, the Texas zones will be added to the product as they meet the wind and humidity criteria.

NMZ110>113-072100-
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NEW MEXICO FIRE WEATHER ZONE 110
SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS/GILA NF/APACHE NF/GLZ-
NEW MEXICO FIRE WEATHER ZONE 111
SOUTHWEST DESERTS AND LOWLANDS/LAS CRUCES BLM/GLZ-

NEW MEXICO FIRE WEATHER ZONE 112
SOUTH CENTRAL LOWLANDS AND SOUTHERN RIO GRANDE VALLEY/BLM/GLZ-
NEW MEXICO FIRE WEATHER ZONE 113
CAPITAN AND SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS/LINCOLN NF/LNZ-
419 AM MDT Fri May 7 2021

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RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM MDT SATURDAY FOR
GUSTY WINDS AND VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES
110, 111, 112, AND 113...

The National Weather Service in El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa has
issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from noon to 8 PM
MDT Saturday.

* AFFECTED AREA...Fire weather zones 110, 111, 112 and 113 in
southwestern and south-central New Mexico.

* WIND...Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* HUMIDITY...5 to 12 percent.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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 can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.