Red flag warning today, Monday
June 17, 2012
A low pressure system dropping into the West will bring with it strong gusty winds and low humidity, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for today and Monday.
Gusty winds will start north of Highway 50 at about 2 p.m. today and last through 9 p.m. causing critical fire weather in eastern Lassen and northern Washoe counties.
On Monday, gusty winds and low humidity will spread to the rest of Western Nevada. West to southwest winds 20-30 mph, gusting to 45 mph, with gusts of up to 55 mph in wind-prone areas, will start at around 9 a.m. and last into the night on Monday.
Today’s forecast is for sunny with a high near 92, and breezy with west winds 5-10 mph increasing to 15-20 mph, and gusting to 30 mph.
No moisture is associated with this front.
The Weeks fire was contained in the hills north of Wabuska on Saturday.
Fire restrictions on property held in trust by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the state will be expanded on Monday.
Fire restrictions prohibit:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area.
2. Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.
3. Welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
4. Using or causing to be used any explosive except by perming.
5. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited) or any other incendiatry device.
6. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets, including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.
7. Open Burning.
Restrictions also prohibit operating vehicles off the existing hard surface gravel or dirt roads in wildland areas, and operating vehicles or equipment traveling no or using wildland areas without at least an axe, shovel and one gallon of water. Agencies are recommending avoiding cross-country travel to prevent grass from igniting on hot exhaust systems. They as that people carry cell phones while in the wild to report wild fires.