SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) –Gusty winds and low humidity prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for a wide section of the eastern Sierra Saturday.
A California Department of Forestry and Fire spokesman said conditions remain dry across an area of about 300 miles stretching from Modoc County to Mono County.READ MORE: Mistrial In Manslaughter Case Against Danville Deputy Andrew Hall Over Laudemer Arboleda Killing; Guilty Verdict For Gun Assault
Spokesman Daniel Berlant said the dry conditions, along with high winds and low humidity Saturday increased the fire danger.
Forecasters said wind gusts could reach as high as 40 miles per hour in some areas.READ MORE: Lake Tahoe Boat Inspectors Find Record Number Of Vessels With Invasive Mussels
Firefighters were on high alert and stations were fully staffed in red flag areas.
Residents in those areas were encouraged to be cautious and avoid mowing dead grass or clearing brush.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger Shut Down for Repeatedly Defying COVID Health Order
The fire warning was expected to expire at 11 p.m. Saturday.