High Wind Watch 0313-1421

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.

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Red Flag warning today 031221

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...

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Red Flag warning today and tomorrow 0311-1221

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.

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Gila National Forest notes restrictions on Red Flag Warning days

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):

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Red Flag warning this afternoon 031021

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.

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Red Flag Warning 031021

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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Wind Advisory 030921

wind advisory 030921Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-
Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-
Uplands of the Bootheel-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-
Eastern Black Range Foothills-Sierra County Lakes-
Northern Dona Ana County-Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-
Including the cities of Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston,
Fort Bayard, Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport,
Lordsburg, Red Rock, Virden, Antelope Wells, Animas, Hachita,
Cloverdale, Deming, Columbus, Hillsboro, Winston,
Truth Or Consequences, Derry, Spaceport, Garfield, Hatch,
Radium Springs, Las Cruces, Vado, and Sunland Park
210 PM MST Mon Mar 8 2021

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Red Flag Warnings Tuesday and Wednesday 0309-1021

fire weather watch 030921High Fire Danger Likely Tuesday for much of the lowlands, and Wednesday for all the lowlands... .Southwest flow will mid levels will increase the surface winds over the next several days. Wind speeds will shift to the southwest, becoming windy Tuesday afternoon along with some of the warmest weather so far this year. Relative humidity will dip to 10-15% across the lowland zones (15-25% mountains). Dry fuels will be highly susceptible to ignition and spread. Thus, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for much of the western lowlands Tuesday and all the lowlands Wednesday. Mountain zones will be slower to reach critical RH due to cooler temperatures, though windy conditions will still present the risk of fire spread.

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