Autumn brings fire danger to New Mexico
September 19, 2017 06:33 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Wildfire can happen any time of year, especially during the spring when the seasons are in transition.
Shawn Bennett, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said autumn is a transition season as well. That can mean fire danger.
"It's not uncommon in the fall, but it's more prevalent in the spring," he said.
As the weather transitions into autumn, red flag warnings and high fire danger will threaten the state.
"If a fire is started somehow, it will rapidly spread in these conditions," Bennett said.
That means everyone should exercise extreme caution on high-risk days.
"Let's say you're going to burn leaves or something to clean up your yard. That might not be such a good choice on that day," Bennett said. "Wait for another day, these things will pass quickly."
That's especially true for those hoping to get in one more camping excursion before the cold weather comes.
"If you're doing a campfire, you've got to make sure it's completely out," Bennett said. "You should be able to tell just by seeing if it's cool to the touch. If you're leaving and it's still warm, it's not out."
Updated: September 19, 2017 06:33 PM
Created: September 19, 2017 04:02 PM
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