Red flag warning issued for northern Sierra fire danger
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for fire danger in the northern Sierra this afternoon.
The warning, in effect for western Lassen, eastern Plumas, eastern Sierra and eastern Nevada counties from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., cited increasing winds and very dry air creating the potential for critical fire weather conditions.
and#8220;While temperatures have been unseasonably cooler over the past few weeks, the number of wildfires Calfire has responded to has remained steady,and#8221; wrote Daniel Berlant, Calfire spokesman, in a press release.
According to a Calfire press release, the state fire agency has moved an additional 20 fire engines into Mendocino, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in preparation for possible dry lightning fires in those regions as well.
The release urges extreme caution during the red flag warning, and asks any mowing or weed eating be done before 10 a.m., never use a lawn mower on dry vegetation, ensure campfires are properly extinguished and never drive a vehicle over tall, dry grass.
The afternoonand#8217;s high is expected to reach 82 degrees in Truckee, with winds around 15 mph, gusting up to 25 mph, coming out of the southwest.