Fire

Red Flag Warning Extended On Account of ‘Abundant Lightning’

Lightening above the eastern hills of Sanel Valley in Southern Mendocino

The following is information published by the National Weather Service in Eureka:

The National Weather Service in Eureka has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect until 8 PM PDT this evening.

THUNDERSTORMS…Fast moving thunderstorms will pose a threat for fire starts due to lightning.

WINDS…Erratic, gusty outflow winds will be possible in and around thunderstorms. Otherwise, winds are forecast to be light and variable, tending westerly 5 to 10 mph Sunday afternoon.

IMPACTS…Higher potential for wildfire starts in proximity to thunderstorms due to lightning. Any fires that develop may spread rapidly due to the combination of dry fuels and low humidity. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Radar imagery depicting the spread of lightening strikes in the Mendocino/Lake/Sonoma County region [Map from the National Weather Service]

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