The "fire weather watch" forecast was updated this morning to "red flag" conditions from 11 am until 8 pm this evening. The complete forecast discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning. "Red flag" forecasts are characterized by high winds, low relative humidity, and above average temperatures. This is the second consecutive day of "red flag" conditions, a significant 'watch out' weather event.
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 .
Work on your preparedness planning. We recommend you review your disaster check list. If you don't have one, contact us and we will send you a copy. The check list is also on our web site, linked below. Even if you do not have all the items on the checklist complete, it is useful to review it regularly. Remember, maintain your vigilance, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!
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