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NMZ208-210>218-220-224-228-229-241-211800-

Air Quality Alert Message
Relayed by National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
313 PM MDT Fri May 20 2022

...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 transport will continue toward the east-northeast
  through the remainder of the afternoon and evening as strong west-
  southwest winds combined with very dry air maintain widespread
  critical fire weather conditions. Thereafter, significant changes
  in the weather going into the weekend mainly over northern, central
  and eastern New Mexico. A potent late season storm system sweeping
  through Colorado and northern New Mexico will send an unseasonably
  cool air mass southward. Gusty northeast and easterly winds
  developing along and east of the central mountain chain and through
  the gaps along the Rio Grande Valley will signal the arrival of this
  cooler air beginning late tonight but moreso Saturday and Saturday
  evening. This shift in the wind direction will push wildfire
  smoke farther west and north with the potential for significant
  impacts expanding along the Rio Grande Valley west of the Sangre de
  Cristos, as well as areas south and southwest of the Hermits Peak
  Calf Canyon fire perimeter to include Pecos Canyon, Glorieta and
  Santa Fe. The incoming cold front will have negligible impact for
  southwest areas of the state overall with continued breezy and
  locally critical wind/low RH conditions through the weekend
  expected.

* WHERE... Locations most likely to experience the most significant
  impacts from smoke include the following counties:  Catron,
  western Colfax, northwest Lincoln, Los Alamos, western Mora, eastern
  Rio Arriba, eastern Sandoval, western San Miguel, northern Santa
  Fe, Socorro, Taos, southwest Torrance. More details on impacted
  locations and latest air quality information can be found
  athttps://fire.airnow.gov

* WHEN... Remainder of this afternoon through at least 1pm MDT
  Sunday, May 22

* 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.

$$

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
329 AM MDT Fri May 20 2022

...RED FLAG WARNING FRIDAY FROM LATE MORNING UNTIL MID EVENING
FOR ALL AREAS DUE TO STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, WELL
ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES, AND AN UNSTABLE AIRMASS...

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH SATURDAY FROM NOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING FOR
THE MIDDLE AND LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND WEST CENTRAL
HIGHLANDS DUE TO STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, AN UNSTABLE
AIRMASS AND WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES...

.Critical to extreme fire weather conditions will develop all
areas today, ahead of a strong surface cold front. Winds will
taper off slowly after sunset while relative humidity begins
rising across the region. Critical conditons are possible once
again for the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley as well as the
west central highlands Saturday afternoon into early evening.

NMZ101>105-107-108-210300-
/O.CON.KABQ.FW.W.0047.220520T1600Z-220521T0300Z/
Northwest Plateau-North Central Mountains-Northeast Highlands-
Northeast Plains-Northwest Highlands-
Sandia, Manzano and Gallinas Mountains-East Central Plains-
329 AM MDT Fri May 20 2022

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO
9 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

* AREA AND TIMING...Northwest Plateau and Highlands, North
  Central Mountains, Northeast Highlands and Plains,
  Sandia/Manzano and Gallinas Mountains, and the East Central
  Plains from 10 am MDT to 9 pm MDT Friday.

* 20 FOOT WINDS...West-southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50
  mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...6 to 12 percent.

* 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 Red Flag Warning.

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