Critical fire weather conditions will develop this afternoon across southeast New Mexico and much of west and southwest Texas. Record high temperatures are expected today, along with very low relative humidity and increased westerly winds.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Guadalupe and Davis Mountains, the Van Horn area, the Marfa Plateau, the southeastern New Mexico plains, the upper Trans Pecos Region and the Permian Basin from Noon CST (11 AM MST) until 9 PM CST (8 PM MST). Avoid activities that involve outdoor burning, including spark producing materials such as welding torches. Very dry vegetation can be ignited easily in these forecasted conditions.
A High Wind Warning is also in effect for the Guadalupe Mountains today, where westerly wind speeds of 35-45 mph with gusts over 60 mph can be expected.
Burn bans remain in effect for most of west Texas. The Texas Forest Service indicates that fuels are so dry that any sparks could lead to a wildfire.
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