Fire Weather Warning:
Issued at: 1:33 PM MDT on May 19, 2013, expires at: 9:00 PM MDT on May 20, 2013
- ...Red flag warning in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT Monday due to strong winds and low humidity... This warning replaces the Fire Weather Watch which was previously in effect for zones 111 and 112. Area affected: portions of southwest and south-central New Mexico including fire weather zones 110 111 and 112.
- Timing: Monday from noon to 9 PM MDT.
- Wind: west to west-northwest around 20 mph at the 20-foot level with gusts 30 to 35 mph. Winds strongest from the southern Gila region into southern Otero County. Due to terrain effects... winds will be much lighter in the upper Tularosa basin except along the east slopes of the San Andres range.
- Humidity: minimum 5 to 9 percent in The Lowlands...9 to 15 percent in the higher elevations.
- 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 will create extreme fire growth potential.