After our breather, we are looking at a tough 3 day stretch. NOAA has forecast "red flag" for today (from 1 pm until 8 pm), tomorrow (Tuesday, from 12 noon until 9 pm) and "fire weather watch" for Wednesday afternoon until evening. The complete discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning.
When you are using the NOAA sites linked below, use them as preparedness planning tools. 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 a day, an important means of maintaining your wildfire situational awareness: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. When using this particular page, remember that the difference between the green and the red areas can be as little as 1 degree in temperature, 1% in relative humidity, or 1 mph in wind speed separating these zones. Do not relax just because your home site is in the green. Conditions can be still very dangerous where you live!
EMIFPA recommends the following to be followed during these conditions: NO CAMPFIRES, NO SMOKING OUTSIDE, NO WELDING. Please be safe! Our EM is a area that we all love and appreciate. We do not want to see a disaster in our backyard. Your unwavering attention can help prevent this from happening. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!
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