A volatile convergence of weather conditions is predicted this weekend in parts of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, and Lake Counties creating what the National Weather Service deems as “critical fire weather.”
Information from the NWS Eureka office indicates that between 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning to 5:00 p.m. Sunday night gusty east to northeast winds, low relative humidity, and dry vegetation could lead to rapidly spreading fires.”
The NWS predicts, “An exceptionally dry airmass will spread south across Northern California this weekend” creating a critical fire weather threat, particularly from “Southern Trinity County south across Lake and Eastern Mendocino Counties.”
A map of the affected area issued by the NWS indicates areas around Laytonville, Covelo, Ruth, Hayfork, Weaverville, Clearlake, and Middletown are in the fire threat zone.
At the time of publication, an official “red flag warning” has not been issued but often is during conditions predicted this weekend.
The following are safety tips to practice during critical fire weather 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.