Fire Weather Watch on Wednesday for the eastern Sierra and western Nevada

July 3, 2017 – Fire Weather Watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds for most of the Sierra and western Nevada.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds, which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

Affected Area: Fire Zone 270 Surprise Valley California, Fire Zone 271 Western Lassen/Eastern Plumas/Eastern Sierra/Eastern Nevada Counties, Fire Zone 272 Greater Lake Tahoe Area, Fire Zone 273 Mono and Eastern Alpine Counties, Fire Zone 278 Eastern Lassen County, Fire Zone 450 Western Nevada Sierra Front, Fire Zone 453 West Central Nevada Basin and Range, Fire Zone 458 Northern Washoe County and Fire Zone 459 Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties.

Thunderstorms: Thunderstorms with minimal rainfall and abundant lightning.

Outflow Winds: Strong and erratic outflow winds around 35 to 45 mph.

Impacts: Lightning can create new fire starts and may combine with strong outflow winds to cause a fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity before first responders can contain them.