Red Flag Warning
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
411 AM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR MUCH
OF THE EASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO DUE TO STRONG WINDS...LOW
HUMIDITY AND AN UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE...

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING
FOR MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY OF NEW MEXICO DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND
LOW HUMIDITY...

.The wind will significantly increase today with gusts up to 65
mph possible. A drier airmass will also shift eastward and affect
the eastern plains with humidity values expected to fall below 15
percent. The atmosphere will also be very unstable. All these
elements will combine to create critical to extreme fire weather
conditions over much of eastern New Mexico today.

Strong to severe winds will redevelop on Friday with the driest
conditions focused in the middle Rio Grande valley of New Mexico
where critical fire weather conditions will be possible.

NMZ103-104-108-240100-
/O.CON.KABQ.FW.W.0013.170323T1900Z-170324T0100Z/
Northeast Highlands-Northeast Plains-East Central Plains-
411 AM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

* AREA AND TIMING...Much of the eastern plains of New Mexico this
  afternoon through early evening.

* 20 FOOT WINDS...South to Southwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts 55
  to to 65 mph. Turning westerly by late afternoon.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...9 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 should not be
  done.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Red Flag Warning.

&&

$$

NMZ106-240100-
/O.NEW.KABQ.FW.A.0014.170324T1900Z-170325T0100Z/
Middle Rio Grande Valley-
411 AM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Fire
Weather Watch...which is in effect from Friday afternoon through
Friday evening.

* AREA AND TIMING...Middle Rio Grande Valley, including
  Albuquerque Friday afternoon and early evening.

* 20 FOOT WINDS...Northwest at 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts
  to 45 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...10 to 15 percent.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
  Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Fire Weather Watch.

&&

$$



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