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9:55 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Forecasters Issue Red Flag Warning for NM

The Whitewater-Baldy fire in the Gila National Forest, May 2012.
Credit Gila Forest via Flickr

Warm, windy and dry conditions are expected to sweep across New Mexico on Sunday.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service have issued red flag warnings for much of the northern half of New Mexico due to strong winds and low humidity levels.

The Middle Rio Grande Valley and the west-central highlands are in line for similar conditions Monday.

New Mexico is headed into its third year of drought, and fire managers have been warning people to be careful this year because conditions are in place for another potentially difficult fire season.

Last year, the state experienced its largest wildfire in recorded history as well as its most destructive blaze.

Since the beginning of the year, New Mexico has had several dozen fires burn more than 700 acres on state and private land.