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Saturday, February 15, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING VERY DRY AIR DOWNSLOPE WINDS ARE LIKELY ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT SOUTH INTO MONO COUNTY


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV 255 PM PST SAT FEB 15 2014 




RED FLAG WARNING FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE POTENTIALLY DAMAGING VERY DRY AIR DOWNSLOPE WINDS ARE LIKELY ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT SOUTH INTO MONO COUNTY
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WHAT: STRONG WINDS AND VERY LOW HUMIDITIES THROUGH THE EVENING, A STRONG COLD FRONT OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC MOVES INTO THE AREA LATE TONIGHT. AHEAD OF THIS FRONT, STRONG POTENTIALLY DAMAGING DOWNSLOPE WINDS ARE LIKELY ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT SOUTH INTO MONO COUNTY. VERY DRY AIR IS IN PLACE AHEAD OF THE FRONT AS WELL. HUMIDITY VALUES IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE TEENS ARE LIKELY INTO THE LATE EVENING HOURS. THE HUMIDITY WILL BEGIN TO RISE LATE THIS EVENING BUT THAT WILL ALSO BE THE TIME OF THE GREATEST WINDS. LACK OF RAIN IN WESTERN NEVADA WILL LEAD TO DECREASING FUEL MOISTURE. THIS WILL COMBINE WITH STRONG WINDS AND VERY LOW HUMIDITY TO CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

WHEN: RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST SUNDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY.
WHERE: MONO-EASTERN ALPINE COUNTIES - WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT 
AFFECTED AREA FIRE ZONE 273 MONO - EASTERN ALPINE COUNTIES AND FIRE ZONE 450 WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT.
* WINDS: SOUTH SOUTHWEST 25 TO 45 WITH GUSTS 60 TO 80 MPH. GUSTS IN WIND PRONE AREAS COULD REACH 85 TO 95 MPH.
* HUMIDITY: 10 TO 20 PERCENT RISING TO 20 TO 30 PERCENT THROUGH THE EVENING. 
* IMPACTS: THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR. CONTINUE TO CHECK WEATHER UPDATES.
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