Area still in danger of wildfires despite monsoons

Posted at: 08/22/2013 5:42 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The 2013 monsoon season has been a welcome sight for New Mexico so not many people are concerned right now about the possibility of more fires, such as Chris Lopez and Ericka Alvarado, whom were walking their dogs in the Rio Grande Bosque.

They say it's been good that it's been raining and hopefully it rains more.

However, fire weather meteorologists like Brent Wachter are still on full alert if it starts drying out again.

Wachter stated that there is a chance for a little spike in the fire season because of all the grass that's grown because of all the moisture we've had recently.

Some of the more susceptible areas in New Mexico are the lowlands, valleys, bosques, and the Eastern Plains.

If fire weather conditions don’t fall into place after monsoon season, next spring could become active if the state dries out and the wind picks up.