Regional
7:17 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Officials Urge Residents To Prep For Fire Season

SILVER CITY, N.M. – The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates severe drought conditions across southeastern Arizona, the southern third of New Mexico, all of southeastern New Mexico and all of southwest Texas.

Moderate drought exists across most of the southern and eastern halves of New Mexico and the National Weather Service is predicting a drier than normal spring.

Fire officials tell the Silver City Sun-News along with drier weather, increased winds and low relative humidity are also predicted and that means fire danger is very high.

Fire officials say homeowners should create a 30-foot zone of fire-resistant space around homes and cut and remove flammable vegetation and brush.