The EM region forecast has now been revised to "red flag" status. As of 3:09 this morning, NOAA revisited yesterday's forecast and our area is now in extreme fire danger. The revised weather discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red flag warning. When you are using the fire situational map linked below, bear in mind that the words from NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter still apply if you do not find your specific area covered by "red flag" as you review the graphics. He explained that the difference between "red flag" areas and those "in the green" could be as minimal as one degree in temperature or one percent in relative humidity when NOAA creates these graphics. 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. 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 revisit fire weather conditions during the day. 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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