Five Things You Need to Know Before You GoJuly 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am by Mary Ann Hatchitt under 5 Things, Morning Show
5. World Cup fever continues. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 2pm today in a win or go home match.
The game is being broadcast on ESPN, and you can watch it for free on a big screen at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.
4. People in parts of northern New Mexico are being forced to evacuate their homes because of the Diego Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains. Evacuation orders are in effect in Weatherall, Jarosa, West Dunlap and Dunlap Springs. A shelter is set up at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiui.
The wildfire ballooned to more than a square mile yesterday, five times bigger than the day before.
3. Smoke from the Diego fire burning in the Jemez mountains is visible for miles, and you can smell it in Santa Fe. In Albuquerque, Environmental Health officials have issued an Air Quality Alert which remains in effect until 2pm today. People with asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, the elderly, young children and pregnant women should stay inside. Others are cautioned to limit their outdoor activity.
2. Texting while driving is illegal throughout New Mexico, effective today. Violators caught will get a $25 ticket for the first offense, $50 for each subsequent offense. Drivers can be cited if officers detect them even glancing at their phones.
1. A break in the heat today! It’ll be mostly sunny with a high near 95. There’s a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon with an east wind of 10 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight there’s a 30% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61 and an east wind 15 to 20 mph.