Red Flag Warning, April 8th, 2020 **Expired**

Critical Conditions Likely Tuesday and Especially Wednesday….Winds will start to increase mid to late afternoon on Tuesday ahead of an approaching storm system. Expect west-southwest winds to increase through the afternoon hours with sustained speeds of 20 to 25 mph expected. Very dry air will also accompany this system and drop relative humidities into the 7 to 10 percent range. Winds will likely remain breezy through the night and increase Wednesday morning as the upper low moves into the Four Corners region. Expect winds of 30 to 45 mph Wednesday with gusts over 60 mph combining with single-digit relative humidities to create extremely critical conditions. …RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 9 PM MDT TUESDAY FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES… …FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES… The National Weather Service in El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 2 PM to 9 PM MDT Tuesday. A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued. This Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening. * AFFECTED AREA…Fire weather zone 110. Fire weather zone 111. Fire weather zone 112. Fire weather zone 113. * WIND…West to southwest winds will increase to 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph on Tuesday. Winds will increase Wednesday to 30 to 40 mph with gusts over 55 mph. * HUMIDITY…6 to 12 percent both days. * HIGHEST THREAT…is located west of the Rio Grande especially in the late afternoon and early evening on Tuesday. On Wednesday, areas east of the Continental Divide will have most extreme conditions. * IMPACTS…any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.