Weather Service issues fire warning |

Weather Service issues fire warning

Staff Reports

High winds and low humidity have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for extreme fire danger 1-9 p.m. today in the Sierra Front.

A low-pressure system over the Pacific Northwest will bring high winds today through Friday, with the strongest winds on Thursday afternoon and evening.

“Very dry air will be in place with limited overnight recovery and afternoon (humidity) values in the single digits in most areas,” forecasters said.

A red flag warning will also be in effect 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday all along the Sierra Front.

“A red flag warning means weather conditions can cause fires to grow exponentially in size and intensity before first responders can contain them,” forecasters said. “Avoid doing outdoor activities that can create a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting or campfires.”

A 2-acre wildfire southeast of China Spring Youth Camp was extinguished by firefighters on Tuesday afternoon after a second alarm response by East Fork firefighters on Monday evening.

Reportedly started by a gold Jeep near China Spring Youth Camp at about 5:30 p.m., the fire burned in sage brush and grass.

The column of smoke was reported by neighbors, and firefighters were able to get ahead of the blaze within 45 minutes of the initial call.

Winds remained relatively quiet for the time of day. A Nevada Division of Forestry with a water bucket helped firefighters get a line around the blaze.

East Fork firefighters turned the scene over to the Bureau of Land Management by sunset.

There are homes in the area that could have been threatened.