In the spirit of evolving meteorological outlooks, overnight the National Weather Service in Eureka has upgraded the fire weather watch to an official Red Flag Warning.
The key factors that are contributing to the concerning conditions associated with Red Flag Warnings are the convergence of gusty northerly winds of this passing cold front, low humidity, and dry fuels across the area.
As per the National Weather Service, the strongest winds on Monday night will hit the upper slopes and ridgelines of Mendocino County above 1,500 feet where gusts of 30-40 miles per hour are forecasted. These winds will diminish over Monday night but shift eastward into Lake County into Tuesday morning.
As of now, Pacific Gas and Electric has not included any portions of Mendocino County in its Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch. But, Lake, Glenn, and Sonoma Counties are included in the watch. Interestingly enough, all three of the Emerald Counties are thus far excluded from the PSPS watch. Go to this website to stay informed about potential changes to the status of the PSPS.
Also, just as a reminder, a freeze warning is in effect for eastern inland valleys of Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties Monday morning.
The following are safety tips to practice during Red Flag Warnings published by Nevada County:
- Be prepared for the possibility of a public utility power shut off. Have food, lighting, water, and charged batteries that will last for several days.
- Prepare for quick evacuation.
- Park your vehicle towards the roadway and load your Go Bag.
- Know how to open your garage if power is unavailable.
- Be sure you have a full tank of gas.
- Keep pets nearby.
- Have a plan to transport large animals and livestock.
- Always check towing equipment and eliminate dragging hazards.
- Do not mow or trim dry grass.
- Do not use equipment outdoors that may create a spark.
- Never park on dry grass.
- Never burn on a Red Flag Warning day.