Elevated wildfire conditions are expected to continue tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23rd. A "fire weather watch" remains in effect for the EM for tomorrow afternoon until evening. The discussion is linked here:http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=fire%20weather%20watch. Please note that we are Fire Zone 107. There are many zones indicated in the discussion, so make sure you follow Zone 107 (listed as NMZ107).
We are expanding our understanding of the differences between "fire weather watches" and "red flags" under the tutelage of NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter, and we will continue to pass this information on to you, the EM resident. As he has explained, many factors determine if one or the other is called. Be aware that only minor differences can determine one from the other, and both conditions are a "heads up, be prepared" environment. If you are utilizing the fire weather situational awareness page (linked below) to track "red flag" conditions over the course of the day, you will notice how "red flag" conditions spread across the area over time.
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 .
Wednesday is another day this week to maintain a heightened level of weather awareness. Remember, maintain your vigilance, check your preparedness status, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!
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