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Friday, June 13, 2014

Red Flag Warning in effect for gusty winds and low humidity Lake Tahoe Basin and West Sierra front.

National Weather Service - Reno has extended the Red Flag Warning in effect until 2300 this evening for gusty winds and low humidity for the Lake Tahoe Basin and the western Nevada Sierra front. 

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
532 AM PDT FRI JUN 13 2014


...WINDY AND VERY DRY THROUGH TODAY.. 
.LOW PRESSURE OVER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL BRING WINDY CONDITIONS THROUGH TODAY...ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF I-80. IN ADDITION 
TO THE GUSTY WINDS...VERY DRY AIR WILL BE IN PLACE WITH POOR OVERNIGHT RECOVERY AND AFTERNOON VALUES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS.
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT-532 AM PDT FRI JUN 13 2014
...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN AND THE WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT..
* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE ZONE 272 GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA AND FIRE ZONE 450 WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT.* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. RIDGE GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
* HUMIDITY...FALLING TO 6 TO 12% ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT AND 10 TO 20% IN THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN BY AFTERNOON.* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE FIRES TO GROW RAPIDLY BEFORE FIRST RESPONDERS CAN CONTAIN THEM. AVOID DOING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THAT CAN CREATE A SPARK NEAR DRY VEGETATION...SUCH AS YARD WORK...TARGET SHOOTING...OR CAMPFIRES.
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