Mapping released by the National Weather Service in Eureka indicates low relative humidity and gusty winds are converging to create “critical fire weather” for areas of northern California. The warning goes into effect this evening at 11:00 and runs till tomorrow night at 8:00.
The area of the Red Flag Warning covers northeastern Mendocino County, southeastern Trinity County, the entirety of Lake County, and runs eastward affecting multiple counties in the Central Valley.
The National Weather Services predicts that northwind gusts from 25 to 35 miles per hour will rake across high terrain and exposed ridges in the region. The region’s relative humidity will fall into the teens on Wednesday afternoon making for conditions in which any fires that sparky will potentially “spread rapidly.”
Pacific Gas and Electric’s Public Safety Power Shutoff Forecaster has identified Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama, Lake, Napa, Yolo, and Butte Counties as locations that might experience power outages as a result of the weather.
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.