Red Flag Fire Warning

Red Flag Fire Warning

URGENT – Fire weather message national weather service Albuquerque nm 6:58 pm Mon March 21 2016

Red Flag Warning for northern and central New Mexico below significant snow pack Tuesday late morning through Tuesday evening due to strong winds…low humidity and an unstable atmosphere… 

CONDITIONS – Strong winds aloft combined with a deep surface low in the lee of the southern Rockies will result in strong to very strong winds on Tuesday and persist into Wednesday. Above normal…and even near record temperatures Tuesday will accompany an unstable airmass. Single digit humidities are also expected for several hours. As a result…widespread critical fire weather conditions are expected on Tuesday and will persist across east central New Mexico well into Tuesday evening. Although a cooler air mass will be in place Wednesday…strong winds and continued dry conditions could bring another round of critical conditions to areas along and south of interstate 40 below significant snow pack

Red Flag warning remains in effect from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. Tuesday in the northwest plateau and north central mountains, below significant snow pack from late Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening.

Southwest winds from 25 to 40 mph with gusts of 45 to 60 mph Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Relative humidity with minimum values ranging from 5 to 15 percent.

IMPACTS – Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and will be hard to control. Long range spotting and extreme fire behavior will be possible. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged.