Dry conditions, high temperatures and strong winds have increased the fire weather conditions to critical levels across the Southwest and southern High Plains on Memorial Day.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center says elevated fire weather conditions exist across central and northeastern Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and into southwestern Kansas, southern Colorado and Utah.
However, critical conditions are expected across central and northeastern New Mexico, along the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, as well as southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado.
Because of the critical threat of fires, Fire Weather Warnings have been issued across the Southwest and southern High Plains through at least Tuesday evening.
All of New Mexico is under that warning, as well as parts of West Texas, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, southwestern Kansas, and southern Colorado. Parts of northeastern Arizona are also under a Fire Weather Warning.
It’s expected to remain extremely dry across the region, and relative humidity levels are expected to fall into the single digits from Southern California and to the east in Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas.
Parts of southern Colorado are also expected to fall into the single digits by Monday afternoon.
Relative humidity levels will remain below 15% from Las Vegas to Flagstaff, Arizona, Moab, Utah and Alamosa, Colorado.
Winds will also be very strong across the region through Monday afternoon.
Gusts between 20 and 30 mph can be expected in Southern California, as well as Tucson, Arizona, El Paso, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gusts between 40 and 50 mph are possible in Alamosa and parts of southern Colorado on Monday afternoon.
Anyone living and working in these areas should monitor local conditions and try and limit any activities outdoors that could cause a spark.