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Last Updated: 1:03 PM

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Areas Affected: Eastern Lassen County; Mono County, Eastern Alpine County; Surprise Valley California

NWS Reno (Western Nevada)

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS FOR THE DESERTS OF EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY INTO NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY...THE EASTERN SIERRA...AND MUCH OF WESTERN NEVADA... The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for strong and gusty winds, which is in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening.

* Affected Area...Fire Zone 270 Surprise Valley California, Fire Zone 273 Mono and Eastern Alpine Counties, Fire Zone 278 Eastern Lassen County, Fire Zone 450 Western Nevada Sierra Front, Fire Zone 453 West Central Nevada Basin and Range, Fire Zone 458 Northern Washoe County and Fire Zone 459 Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties.

* Winds...Southwest to west 20 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 70 mph. Wind prone locations could potentially see even stronger gusts. Lighter winds are anticipated for Mineral County with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts 35 to 40 mph.

* Humidity...25 to 35 percent.

* Duration...4 to 8 hours.

* Impacts...The anticipated strong and gusty winds can cause fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity before first responders can contain them.

* This watch will be dependent on how much rain and snow falls on Wednesday into Thursday morning. If widespread enough wetting rains fall, it will mitigate the fire danger.

Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires. Follow local fire restrictions. Check for updates and for preparedness tips.


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