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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM
651 AM MDT SAT APR 18 2015

...DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL RETURN TODAY...

.A STRONGER UPPER LOW OVER SOUTHERN COLORADO WILL MOVE SLOWLY
EASTWARD TODAY. LEE-SIDE CYCLOGENESIS WILL LEAD TO A TIGHT
SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENT OVER MUCH OF NEW MEXICO AND FAR WEST
TEXAS... WHILE A VERY DRY AIR MASS REMAINS IN PLACE. SUSTAINED
WINDS OF 20 MPH AT THE 20-FOOT LEVEL ARE EXPECTED WHILE MINIMUM
RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL DROP INTO THE LOWER TEENS...CREATING
CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

NMZ111-112-TXZ055-056-182100-
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SOUTHWEST DESERTS AND LOWLANDS-
SOUTH CENTRAL LOWLANDS AND SOUTHERN RIO GRANDE VALLEY-EL PASO-
HUDSPETH-
651 AM MDT SAT APR 18 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 PM
MDT THIS EVENING DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA HAS
ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING. THIS REPLACES THE FIRE
WEATHER WATCH PREVIOUSLY IN EFFECT.

* AREAS AFFECTED: MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO LOWLANDS
  INCLUDING FIRE WEATHER ZONES 111 AND THE SOUTHERN HALF OF ZONE
  112. ALSO TEXAS FIRE WEATHER ZONES 055 AND 056.

* TIMING: TODAY FROM 1 PM THROUGH 8 PM MDT.

* WINDS: SUSTAINED 20-FOOT WINDS OF AROUND 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
  30 MPH.

* HUMIDITY: 10 TO 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
  OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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 WILL
CREATE EXTREME FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

&&

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HARDIMAN






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