Weather Alerts for T or C

Issued by the National Weather Service

Red Flag Warning  RED FLAG WARNING   Red Flag Warning

Areas Affected:
Southwest Mountains - Southwest Deserts and Lowlands - South Central Lowlands And Southern Rio Grande Valley - Capitan And Sacramento Mountains
Effective: Mon, 5/20 5:57am Updated: Mon, 5/20 9:26am Urgency: Expected
Expires: Mon, 5/20 9:00pm Severity:  Severe  Certainty: Likely


Persistent and deep southwest flow over the Desert Southwest will
bring above normal temperatures, very dry to exceptionally dry
air, and breezy conditions through the week. Winds will be
strongest on todday. This will combine with dry fuels to create
critical fire conditions over much of southwest and south- central
New Mexico.

* AFFECTED AREA...Southwest and South-central New Mexico,
including the Lincoln and Gila National Forest.

* WIND...West to Southwest Winds 15 to 25 MPH gusting to 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...5 to 8 Percent, 8 to 12 percent above 7500 feet.

* EXPERIMENTAL RFTI...4 to 6 Near Critical to Critical.

* 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.