Valley survives season’s first two red flag warnings |

Valley survives season’s first two red flag warnings

Staff Reports
An Army National Guard Blackhawk drops a 660 gallon load of water on a wooded area during fire training Wednesday near Markleeville.
Brad Coman / Nevada Appeal |

The second consecutive red flag warning in as many days brought dry windy conditions, but no major fires in Carson Valley.

Thursday saw the first critical fire weather so far in 2016 as dry windy weather arrived with a front that was predicted to bring cooler weather over the weekend.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, there was a 33 mph wind gust in Fish Springs, according to the National Weather Service.

Minden-Tahoe Airport reported a 39 mph gust at 4 p.m. Friday.

After the front’s arrival, there is a chance of snow above 9,500 feet south of Sonora Pass on Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

On Wednesday morning, about four-dozen personnel from the Nevada Army National Guard, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service gathered to train on coordinating air and ground firefighters.

Five helicopters flew for most of the day out of Alpine County Airport providing water and cargo drops.