Fire Weather Risk higher for parts of Arizona - Tucson News Now

Fire Weather Risk higher for parts of Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A High Fire Danger Forecast for much of Arizona today as warm, dry, and breezy weather takes over parts of the state. 

Most of New Mexico and parts of southeast Texas will also be under a Red Flag Warning this afternoon where fire danger is at Very High and even Extreme levels. 

The below image from the U.S. Forest Service shows the Forecast Fire Danger for the nation today 

Winds will be breezy for most of the Arizona, but gustier in eastern Cochise and Graham County, as well as all of Greenlee County and in northern third of the state. 

Winds blowing 10 to 20 MPH will pick up in the mid-afternoon, with gusts up to 30 MPH.  

Warm and dry weather has plagued the Southwest since the start of the year.  

No measurable rain has fallen at the Tucson International Airport since the start of 2014; combine this with the warm, dry weather and gusty winds and the fire danger goes rises.  

If Arizona doesn't get a good winter soaking or snow piling up on mountain tops soon, the spring fire threat could be especially dangerous this year; plus drought severity could increase. 

Below is the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update. 

For more drought numbers click here

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