Gusty winds to bring increased fire danger |

Gusty winds to bring increased fire danger

Staff Reports
A cactus blooms in the hills of Fish Springs on Sunday morning as patches of snow cling to the north face of Jobs Peak..
J.T. Humphrey | Special to The R-C

A little bit of snow clings to the north face of Jobs Peak, as the first full week of summer kicks off with a red flag warning for increased fire danger.

The National Weather Service has issued the warning for 1-11 p.m. Monday for Western Nevada, predicting gusty winds and low humidity though Tuesday afternoon.

“Any spark may cause a wildfire in the dry grass and brush. Be mindful of any activity that may cause a spark, especially if you are target shooting, off-roading, or starting a campfire,” forecasters said.

That’s just in time for Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest crews wrapping up the 240-acre Hunter Creek fire west of Reno which is expected to be 100 percent contained 8 p.m. Sunday.

East Fork Fire District sent an engine to the fire, which started June 22 near the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead in the Hunter Creek area.

East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said that crew has returned to service in the district.

Those seeking to cool off by hitting Western Nevada lakes will hit rough waters with winds up to 40 mph driving 2-3 foot waves, making boating, kayaking and paddle boarding hazardous.

Forecasters encourage the use of personal floatation devices while on the water.

The winds are forecast to offer a break from high temperatures in the upper 90s over the past week. The last day of spring and first day of summer tied two 100-degree records.

The last snow at the top of the Carson River melted off in the heat last week, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service snow telemetry.

The sensor at Carson Pass, 8,360 feet, hit zero for the first time in 2017 on June 22, while the one at Ebbetts Pass, 8,661 feet, bottomed out on June 23.

Both the west and east forks of the river crested on May 5.