Wildfire danger rises again

October 17th, 2012 at 11:39 am by under Wildfires

It’s already dry and getting windy, so Bernalillo County officials have hoisted a Red Flag Warning for fire conditions today.

The warning is in effect from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for the East Mountains, central mountain chain and along and either side of Interstate 40, according to a notice from the county Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The National Weather Service has included the Estancia Valley, central highlands and I-40 corridor in its Red Flag Warning and added concerns about reduced visibility from blowing dust.

Winds forecast at 15-20 mph with gusts to 35 mph in the morning are expected to reach 25-35 mph in the afternoon with gust to 50 mph by midday.

At the same time humidity will drop below 15 percent later in the morning and into the single digits by midafternoon.

Open burning in the county also is banned today.

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5 Responses to “Wildfire danger rises again”

  1. Tom Carter says:

    Today’s Fire at Jemez Springs may not be just controlled-burn if high winds continue today, 17 October. The fire is going strong and winds are bending trees at Sierra Los Pinos near the fire at Jemez Springs. Should be easy to see the smoke from ABQ. Hope for best, but after Cerro Grande in May 2000 and Las Conchas in June 2011 am not encouraged.

  2. CW says:

    And in other news some genius bureaucrat is doing prescribed burns.

  3. fyrnomad says:

    I was conversing on the phone with a friend who spotted what appeared to be a very large fire – about 5000 acres – near Santa Fe.

  4. fyrnomad says:

    That was yesterday, 10/17, approximately 1600 hrs (Mountain time)

    1. Bill Diven says:

      This was from a prescribed burn several miles northeast of Jemez Springs. Covered 1,250 acres Wednesday and continues today. A total of 7,300 acres to be treated to reduce fire danger and improve forest habitat, according to a news release from the Santa Fe National Forest.

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