The EM region will be in "fire weather watch" conditions tomorrow. NOAA rates these conditions just below "red flag", and they should be considered nearly as dangerous. NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter explained that the difference could be as minimal as one degree in temperature or one percent in relative humidity. The fuel moistures (fire danger rating levels are determined by these) are trending down, the other factors involved in "red flag" conditions (RH, wind speed, temperatures) will all be close to if not above the trigger point for "red flag" or high fire danger in our area. Please maintain your vigilance, check your preparedness status, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!
Here are two important internet sites that you can use to track fire weather conditions. The first is a the link to the local NOAA web site: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/. The second allows you to track the progress of "red flag" conditions as they progress over the course of the day, an important means of maintaining your wildfire situational awareness: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss .
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