ATTENTION: National Weather Service Fire Weather Watch Update

ATTENTION: National Weather Service Fire Weather Watch Update

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a new fire weather watch for much of northern New Mexico, including the north central mountains and the Espanola Valley.

A red flag warning is in effect from noon until 7p.m. today across much of northern New Mexico including the Espanola Valley.

Critical fire weather conditions are expected during the afternoon, including above normal temperatures, a dry airmass, increased windsand an unstable airmass will develop across Western and Eastern portions of New Mexico today.

Most of the lowlands are still in a pre-green state so fire could spread rapidly under the expected atmospheric and duel conditions.

OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED

A large and potentially more significant critical fire weather event is expected Fhursday across northern and central New Mexico.

A Red Flag Warning for Thursday will remain in effect from noon until 9:00 p.m. Thursday.

Expect:

  • westerly winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

  • Relative humidity minimums between 5 and 8 percent.

  • Any fire that develops will likely spread rapidly.

 

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