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NWS Weather Bulletin: Red Flag Warning Through Monday 9:00a.m.

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity, which will be in effect from now through Monday morning.

A RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00a.m. MONDAY FOR PORTIONS OF FAR NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY…

Forecasters are predicting winds southwest to west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph, locally to 45 mph in wind-prone areas, into this evening. Winds in valley locations may diminish to around 10 mph tonight but mid slopes and ridges will continue to see strong winds overnight.

Humidity reaches a minimum of 8 to 14% this afternoon with poor to moderate recovery tonight. Humidities will rise significantly Monday morning.

Some areas will see critical fire conditions for 6 to 12 hours. Localized mid slope locations may see up to 18 hours.

The combination of gusty winds and low humidity can cause fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity.

This is a particularly dangerous situation through this evening for the foothills and wind-prone spots along the Highway 395 corridor, with extremely low humidity and strong winds. New fires will grow rapidly out of control, in some cases people may not be able to evacuate safely in time should a fire approach.

Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires. Follow local fire restrictions.

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