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Red Flag Warning

Areas Affected: Capitan And Sacramento Mountains; South Central Lowlands And Southern Rio Grande Valley; Southwest Deserts and Lowlands; Southwest Mountains

NWS El Paso (Southern New Mexico and extreme Western Texas)

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED THURSDAY... .Increasing west-southwest flow ahead of a Pacific trough will bring very dry air and strong winds to the Borderland Thursday and likely again on Friday. Single digit relative humidities are expected across the region, including mountain zones on Thursday. These dry conditions will combine with increasing winds to create very critical fire weather conditions. ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT THURSDAY FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES... The National Weather Service in El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT Thursday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

* WIND...20 to 30 mph with gusts near 45 mph.

* HUMIDITY...5 to 10 percent.

* HIGHEST THREAT...is located over the lowlands west of the Rio Grande.

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

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 can contribute to extreme fire behavior.


Fire Weather Watch

Areas Affected: Guadalupe Mountains

NWS Midland-Odessa (Western Texas and Southeastern New Mexico)

......FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS FOR RH BELOW 10 PERCENT... WINDS ABOVE 20 MPH AND VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER....... .Critical fire weather is likely as very dry, unseasonably hot temperatures and windy conditions return. Fine fuels are likely very dry resulting in very high fire danger. ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR RH BELOW 10 PERCENT...WINDS ABOVE 20 MPH AND VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER...

* AFFECTED AREA...Guadalupe Mountains.

* WIND...West 25 to 40 mph.

* HUMIDITY...5 to 7 percent.

* FIRE DANGER...Very High.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Stow chains and be careful with sparks.


Fire Weather Watch

Areas Affected: Guadalupe Mountains

NWS Midland-Odessa (Western Texas and Southeastern New Mexico)

......FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS FOR RH BELOW 10 PERCENT... WINDS ABOVE 20 MPH AND VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER....... .Critical fire weather is likely as very dry, unseasonably hot temperatures and windy conditions return. Fine fuels are likely very dry resulting in very high fire danger. ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR RH BELOW 10 PERCENT...WINDS ABOVE 20 MPH AND VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER...

* AFFECTED AREA...Guadalupe Mountains.

* WIND...West 25 to 40 mph.

* HUMIDITY...5 to 7 percent.

* FIRE DANGER...Very High.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Stow chains and be careful with sparks.


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