Winds increasing in Sierra under Red Flag Warning

Weather Forecasts

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.

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