Drought could worsen before conditions improve
April 11, 2018 05:14 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Bosque fire like the one Tuesday often strikes at the very heart of Albuquerque, but it's also a warning to the rest of the state.
"That Bosque fire is probably a sign of things to come here in New Mexico," said senior forecaster Clay Anderson at the National Weather Service.
Anderson said the extreme drought may become worse before it gets better.
"Unfortunately with the fuels the way they are already, which is dry, the lack of snowpack which means an earlier onset to the fire season and the fact that we don't have any precipitation in sight - it all adds up to a potentially very active fire season," Anderson said.
So what's being done about it? Local, state and federal crews continue fire mitigation efforts in the Bosque, open space and forests by clearing out dead brush, thinning trees -- even removing invasive plant species.
However, the weather this summer may be transitioning into a robust monsoon. Anderson said the dry La Nina weather pattern is fading away and past data tells us that dry winters and springs - can lead to promising monsoons.
"It all points toward an above normal monsoon so that could provide significant relief as we head into the summer," Anderson said.
In the meantime, everyone should all prepare for what could become one of the most challenging fire seasons yet.
Updated: April 11, 2018 05:14 PM
Created: April 11, 2018 04:01 PM
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