Red Flag warning issued: Arizona wildfires cause smokey skies over New Mexico

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Smokey skies over Albuquerque, Friday, June 21, 2019. (KRQE)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag (Fire Weather) Warning for Albuquerque Friday from noon until 7 p.m. Smokey skies over New Mexico Friday morning are likely to continue through the weekend.

The warning comes as a result of a dry airmass that is expected to yield critical fire weather in areas south of I-40.

Several wildfires burning in Arizona and western New Mexico are expected to spread smoke through Saturday. Strong southwest winds over NM will continue to pull smoke into the state, creating haze and potential visibility issues in valley locations in the morning hours.

The largest of the Arizona wildfires, the Woodbury Gap wildfire, continues to burn just east of Phoenix, already having scorched over +50,000 acres.

People with sensitivity to air pollution should take the necessary precautions to limit exposure and avoid potential adverse effects. The City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department has issued a Quality Health Alert due to the smoke and is effective until 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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