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Short Break - More Wind Record High Temps Friday.

Using records since 1949, January 1 through April 24 of 2011 has been the driest start to the calendar year with just 0.09 inches of precipitation reported.  If we look at the historical data for the Roswell area that dates back to 1895, 2011 still ranks as the driest start to the calendar year.

Peak Wind Gusts Reported Tue-

Guadalupe Pass 85 mph
San Augustin Pass 84 mph
Bowl Raws 71 mph
8-Mile Draw Raws 63 mph
Pinery Raws 61 mph
Cannon AFB - Clovis 60 mph
Sierra Blanca Regional Arpt 60 mph
Dunken Raws 59 mph
Clovis Municipal Arpt 56 mph
Tatum MesoNet 55 mph
High Roll CW5738 55 mph
Smokey Bear Raws 54 mph
Artesia Arpt 52 mph
Carlsbad Arpt 52 mph
Hobbs - KF5KMG 52 mph
Roswell Arpt 51 mph
Carlsbad Portable Raws 51 mph
Sacramento Peak 50 mph
Caprock Raws 48 mph
Queen Raws 45 mph
Bat Draw Raws - Carlsbad Caverns 44 mph

Today will be a much nicer day weather-wise in southeastern New Mexico. It will be cooler with highs generally in the 70's. Tonight will be chilly with lows near 40. A quick warm up will commence tomorrow with high temps of around 85-90.

Our next wind event will start Friday afternoon and continue into the weekend. Record high temps will be possible on Friday. Highs will range from 95-100. Strong southwesterly winds will return Friday afternoon as the fire danger once again escalates into the Critically Dangerous Level.

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Last Chance Fire Update At 2:30 PM MDT-


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Looking To The Southwest From The Truck Bypass NW Of Town.
Looking To The Southwest From The Truck Bypass NW Of Town.
Looking To The West From C-Hill.
Looking To The South From C-Hill.

On a normal day I would say that what you are looking at
is thin cirrus clouds. Not so, this is the smoke plume
from the Last Chance Fire, which continues to burn west of 
Carlsbad, New Mexico. I took these photos today.

Last Chance Fire Fact Sheet – 4/27/2011 – 9:30 pm

For Immediate Release: Last Chance Information – (915) 964-4802
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, 8:30 p.m. Team PIOs Jennifer Myslivy or Joel Arnwine
Acres: 49,140                               Start Date: April 24th 2011
Cause: Under Investigation        Location: 5 miles west of Queen, NM
Containment: 60%                       Fuels: Pinon juniper, brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged        Resources: 7 crews, 17 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 252                    Structures: 6 threatened (Queen Subdivision)
                                                       1 destroyed and 2 damaged (Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area)
Jurisdiction: USFS, BLM, State and Private
Aircraft: Air Attack, one Type 1 helicopter, one Type 3 helicopter and 2 air tankers
 A FINAL public meeting was held tonight at the Queen Fire Department with fire officials to inform the residences of the days fire activity.
 Summary: Excellent progress on the fire was made due to the hard work from firefighters, air resources, and more favorable weather then previous shifts; successful burnout operations continued last night until the relative humidity got too high. Moderate fire behavior was observed adjacent to HWY 137, so a firing operation was conducted around the USFS-Queen Admin Site to tie into existing blackline.
Objectives for tomorrow are to monitor any fire adjacent to HWY 137, continue structure protection for the community of Queen, monitor fire perimeter and extinguish hot spots, and contain fire at the head of Last Chance Canyon,
The road closures on HWY 137 and Dark Canyon Road have been lifted but we are asking the public to proceed with extreme caution when traveling these roads. There may be occasional smoke lingering or drifting over the roads which could cause limited visibility.
The local agencies would like the public to remember that they are in fire restrictions so please check the following website for additional information on area restrictions.http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/NM.php.
CLOSURES:
Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area (closed until further notice due to fire damage)
Smoke from the fire may continues to impacted the community of Carlsbad and surrounding areas so please take precautious if you have any health or respiratory issues. For more information, NMED’s website, http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/Wildfire-PM.html, the DOH websitehttp://www.health.state.nm.us/.
Additional fire information is available at www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org.


Last Chance Fire Fact Sheet – 4/26/2011 – 9:30 pm

For Immediate Release:   Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, 9:30 p.m.
 Last Chance Information – (915) 964-4802
 Team PIOs Jennifer Myslivy or Joel Arnwine
Acres: 49,000                             Start Date: April 24th 2011
Cause: Under Investigation     Location: 5 miles west of Queen, NM
Containment: 40%                    Fuels: Pinon juniper, brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged      Resources: 7 crews, 17 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 251                 Structures: 6 Structures threatened
Jurisdiction: USFS, BLM, State and Private
Aircraft: Air Attack, one Type 1 helicopter, one Type 3 helicopter and 5 air tankers
 A public meeting was held tonight at the Queen Fire Department with fire officials to inform the residences of the days fire activity. Another meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow night at 7 pm.
 Summary: Excellent progress on the fire was made due to the hard work from firefighters and the 5 air tankers; successful burnout operations continued from last night and throughout the day today which helped secure the fire perimeter into existing roads (FS 277, 405 and HWY 137). Fire personnel used direct suppression tactics following air tanker drops to contain the fire and keep it from moving beyond HWY 137 and into the community of Queen.
A Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) has been ordered by the Lincoln National Forest to evaluate the damage that was caused by the fire.
The local agencies would like the public to remember that they are in fire restrictions so please check the following website for additional information on area restrictions.http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/NM.php.
CLOSURES:
  • Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area (closed until further notice due to fire damage)
  • HWY 137 at 408
  • Dark Canyon Road at Hidalgo Road
Smoke from the fire continues to impacted the community of Carlsbad and surrounding areas so please take precautious if you have any health or respiratory issues. For more information, NMED’s website, http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/Wildfire-PM.html, the DOH websitehttp://www.health.state.nm.us/.
Additional fire information is available at www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org. 

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