Updated: March 24, 2020 06:28 PM
Created: March 24, 2020 05:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Fire season has arrived in New Mexico.
The Climate Prediction Center released its three-month outlook for temperatures and precipitation. Temperatures are trending slightly higher than normal, and precipitation totals are hinting at slightly below normal through the rest of spring.
"Even with the drier conditions forecasted by the CPC, or the trend toward drier conditions, we're still, as of now, expecting a normal fire season over New Mexico," said Royce Fontenot, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
A normal fire season in New Mexico in the spring can still be fairly active. However, there are things people can do to make sure a fire doesn't break out or get out of control.
"Ranchers still gotta ranch. Make sure chains are secured," Fontenot said. "A lot of fires start by chains and other apparatuses scraping on pavement, throwing sparks. So, be very careful parking over dry grass. Vehicles can start fires but just kind of be aware of your environment."
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