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...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT SATURDAY FOR ALL AREAS DUE TO STRONG WINDS, VERY LOW HUMIDITY, WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES, AND AN UNSTABLE AIRMASS... .Increasing southwest winds combined with above normal warmth, and extremely dry and unstable conditions will lead to critical fire weather conditions across all of northern and central New Mexico Saturday. A significant fire growing pattern will continue Sunday and Memorial Day as winds strengthen further with extreme dryness, well above normal temperatures, and poor overnight humidity recoveries. ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING... * AREA AND TIMING...Northwest Plateau, Northwest and West Central Highlands, Middle Rio Grande Valley, North Central and Sandia, Manzano and Gallinas Mountains, Northeast Highlands, Northeast and East Central Plains from late Saturday morning through Saturday evening. * 20 FOOT WINDS...Southwest 20 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...5 to 10 percent. Ten to 14 hours of single digit humidity is likely for most areas between the Continental Divide and the Pecos Valley with 5 to 10 hours elsewhere. * IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the field of this Fire Weather Watch. &&
...AIR QUALITY ALERT... The following message is transmitted at the request of the New Mexico Departments of Health and Environment, United States Forest Service and the Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program. * WHAT...Smoke from the Black and Bear Trap fires will not be transported as far south or southeast this evening; however significant impacts to include UNHEALTHY air quality at times are expected in close proximity to the fires as well as along portions of the neighboring Mimbres and Rio Grande Valleys, especially during the evening. Elsewhere, smoke from the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire is expected to produce UNHEALTHY air quality at times around Pecos, San Jose, and Ribera south and west to Eldorado, Lamy, the Santa Fe metro, Estancia Valley, and around Clines Corners tonight. Going into Friday and Saturday, haze will likely be more noticeable and persistent away from the larger fires to include the Middle Rio Grande Valley. * WHERE...The most significant impacts from smoke are expected to persist across much of Catron, western Socorro, northern Grant, northern Luna, western Sierra, western San Miguel, southern Santa Fe, and Torrance counties. More details on impacted locations and latest air quality information can be found at https://fire.airnow.gov. * WHEN...Remainder of this evening through at least 1 pm MDT Friday, May 27. * IMPACTS...Those with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and heart disease will be especially vulnerable to impacts from poor air quality, as will adults over age 65, young children, and pregnant women if smoke concentrations become unhealthy. * HEALTH INFORMATION...Remember, your eyes are your best tools to determine if it is safe to be outside. Use the 5-3-1 Method available at https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html. If visibility is: Under 5 miles, the air quality is unhealthy for young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness. Outdoor activity should be minimized. Around 3 miles, young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness should avoid all outdoor activities. Around 1 mile, the air quality is unhealthy for everyone. People should remain indoors and avoid all outdoor activities including running errands. Unless an evacuation has been issued, stay inside your home, indoor workplace, or in a safe shelter. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affecting New Mexico and with the wildfire season underway, New Mexicans will need to take extra precautions. Smoke from wildfires may cause people to have more severe reactions if they are infected COVID-19. The best way to protect against the potentially harmful effects of wildfire smoke and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and create a clean indoor air space. NMDOH offers tips here: https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/IndoorQuality.html and https://cv.nmhealth.org New Mexicans will also need to take steps to keep their homes cool to avoid heat-related illnesses. NMDOH offers tips here: https://nmtracking.org/health/heatstress/Heat.html. For smoke forecast outlooks from the Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program please visit: https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net.
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