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High winds buffet area

Strong gusts battered the Truckee and North Shore vicinity over the weekend as the area found itself in the way of winds blowing southward.

Locally, wind gusts reached 30 mph at South Lake Tahoe Airport and 37 mph at Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Gusts at upper elevations, such as Slide Mountain and Squaw Peak, were between 40 mph to 50 mph.

Although no records were broken, Kings Beach meteorologist Elizabeth Carter said the winds were unusual for this time of the year, and caused rough waters.

“The swell was bad enough [on the North Shore] that most of the boats were pulled off the lake.,” she said.

She said the winds, which came from the north and northeast, were due to a pressure high over the Pacific Northwest that forced winds toward a low that was moving southward to Arizona.

“This caused a fairly strong pressure gradient, which was even more pronounced down in the valleys and foothills of California,” Carter added.

Elsewhere in Nevada, winds from the same system caused a prescribed burn near Minden to jump its perimeter Friday. Firefighters gained the upper hand Saturday on the nearly 2,000-acre wildfire.

Bureau of Land Management fire information officer Mark Struble said the burn behaved as expected Wednesday and Thursday, but took off Friday after winds of up to 35 to 40 mph raced through the area 16 miles east of Minden.

The fire was fully contained Monday morning. The blaze was relatively inactive after light snow fell Friday night.

No homes were threatened and no injuries were reported.

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