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Red Flag Warning for Tahoe Basin, Eastern Sierra & Western Nevada

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From the National Weather Service:

The National Weather Service in Reno says a red flag warning will go into effect from noon to 11pm Tuesday for gusty winds and low humidity for the eastern Sierra and western Nevada.

* Affected area: Western Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra-Eastern Nevada counties-greater Lake Tahoe area-Mono-Eastern Alpine counties-Western Nevada Sierra front-West Central Nevada Basin and range-Mineral and Southern Lyon counties

* Winds: southwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts 35 to 45 mph.

* Humidity: 5%-15% except 12%-20% in the Tahoe Basin. Overnight recoveries will be poor especially south of Interstate 80.

* 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.gov/reno for updates. 

A red flag warning is also in effect until 8pm for portions of Esmeralda, Nye and Lincoln Counties. Gusty southeast winds will persist into the evening hours before diminishing.

From the National Weather Service

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From Washoe County:

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and the Washoe County Community Services Department are warning both residents and contractors to use precautions over the next several days due to fire danger.
 
"We will experience critical fire weather today and tomorrow, and there is a Red Flag warning today for the far north areas of Washoe County, including Gerlach, and a Red Flag warning tomorrow for all of Washoe County," said Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) Chief Charles Moore. "There is an advisory for blowing dust as well."
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno has upgraded the fire weather watch to a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity from noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday and local county officials want to remind residents to use caution.
 
A very dry air mass along with winds today in the 15-30 mph range will create dangerous fire weather conditions today and tomorrow. The NWS predicts winds will peak on Tuesday with some gusts up to 40 mph expected. Dusty conditions may be anticipated for areas east of 395. Chief Moore has also requested that fire volunteers staff their stations tomorrow afternoon and evening.
 
The Red Flag Warning is a fire condition notice meaning that weather can rapidly propagate a wildfire. Check for Red Flag Warnings at www.nws.noaa.gov.
 
Don Jeppson, Director of Building and Safety for Washoe County, said all building permit holders have been warned of the dangerous conditions that cause a Red Flag warning.
 
"It's definitely a situation where we want our residents and builders to be alert," said Jeppson.  "Help us help you by reporting any fire hazards in a construction area to the contractor or homeowner, and contact your local fire or building department. An example of a fire hazard in construction zone could be equipment parked on weeds or someone welding near dry vegetation. Also, remember to report any suspicious activities, vehicles and/or people that may be involved in starting a fire or dumping trash in the wildland urban interface."
 
Builders and contractors should contact the County's Department of Building and Safety at (775) 328-2020 with any questions.

From Washoe County

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