Winds are picking up in Central California.
Strong wind gusts are possible in mountain areas where wildfires already burn uncontrolled.
As of 2:00 PM, winds are gusting 18 mph at Lake Kaweah, near Sequoia National Park.
Portions of the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada are under a Red Flag Warning. This includes Sequoia National Park, the areas of the KNP Complex and Windy Fire where fire weather will be critical.
A Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Warning is issued when weather conditions contribute to extreme fire behavior — usually a combination of factors like strong winds, low humidity and heat.
Gusts of some 45 miles per hour out of the northwest may accompany the passage of a dry storm system.
Strong winds, dry fuels and low humidity increase the chance of rapid fire spread and dangerous fire behavior.