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high wind warning 031421Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-Eastern Black Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston,
Fort Bayard, Hillsboro, and Winston
217 PM MST Sat Mar 13 2021

...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT
SUNDAY NIGHT...

* WHAT...West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph
expected.

* WHERE...Higher elevations of the Gila Region.

wind advisory 031421Upper Gila River Valley-Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-
Uplands of the Bootheel-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-
Sierra County Lakes-Northern Dona Ana County-
Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-Central Tularosa Basin-
Western El Paso County-
Including the cities of Cliff, Buckhorn, Gila Hot Springs,
Mule Creek, Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport,
Lordsburg, Red Rock, Virden, Antelope Wells, Animas, Hachita,
Cloverdale, Deming, Columbus, Truth Or Consequences, Derry,
Spaceport, Garfield, Hatch, Radium Springs, Las Cruces, Vado,
Sunland Park, Alamogordo, Tularosa, White Sands Monument,
Downtown El Paso, West El Paso, and Upper Valley

high wind watch 031321Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-Eastern Black Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston,
Fort Bayard, Hillsboro, and Winston
926 PM MST Fri Mar 12 2021

...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING...

* WHAT...West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph
possible.

* WHERE...Portions of the Gila Wilderness and Black Range.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

red flag alert 031221High Fire Danger Continue Today... .Strong southwesterly flow will persist today resulting in winds becoming gusty once again. Winds will increase by the late morning hours on Friday. Relative humidities will remain around 9 to 14 percent in most southern NM and far west Texas zones. The exception will be in the western portions of NM110, where RHs will increase slightly to 16 to 20 percent. However, the eastern slopes of the Black Range will be below 15 percent. Strong winds and dry conditions will continue through the weekend into the first part of next week.

NEW MEXICO FIRE WEATHER ZONE 110
SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS/GILA NF/APACHE NF/GLZ-
247 AM MST Fri Mar 12 2021

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM MST
THIS EVENING FOR DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE
110...

red flag warning today and tomorrow 0311 1221High Fire Danger to Continue This Afternoon and Friday... .Strong southwesterly flow will persist into Friday resulting in winds becoming gusty once again. Expect wind speeds to diminish after sunset tonight, but then increase again by mid to late morning on Friday. Relative humidities will remain around 9-12 percent in most southern NM and far west Texas zones. The exception will be NM110 where RHs will increase slightly to 18-20 percent. Strong winds and dry conditions will continue each day through the weekend into the first of next week.

Silver City, NM, March 10, 2021—The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Wednesday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. MST, for all of the Gila National Forest due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

Only the National Weather Service can issue a Red Flag Warning. The term Red Flag Warning is used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. Red Flag Warnings are issued when the ALL of the following criteria are met:

Wind speeds are expected to exceed 20 mph.
Relative humidity is 15% or lower.
Fire danger rating of High, Very High, or Extreme.

On a RED FLAG DAY, the following restrictions go into effect on the Gila National Forest during the advisory hours (advisory hours differ depending on the fire weather zone):

red flag alert 031021High Fire Danger Likely this Afternoon... .A strong southwest flow at mid levels is allowing an increase in the surface winds over region today. By later morning wind speeds will begin to increase and by afternoon we will see southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with stronger gusts. Relative humidity will drop to around 8-15% across all the zones this afternoon. Dry fuels will be highly susceptible to ignition and spread. Thus, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for all the zones for this afternoon. Strong winds and dry conditions will continue each day through the weekend into the first of next week.

red flag warning 031021High Fire Danger Likely this afternoon for much of the lowlands, and Wednesday for all areas... .Southwest flow increasing at mid levels is allowing an increase in the surface winds over the next several days. Wind speeds will shift to the southwest, becoming windy this afternoon and again on Wednesday afternoon. Relative humidity will dip to 10-15% across the lowland zones (15-25% mountains) this afternoon and then drop to around 8-15% all zones on Wednesday. Dry fuels will be highly susceptible to ignition and spread. Thus, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for much of the western lowlands this afternoon and all the zones Wednesday.

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