NWS Reno: Red flag warning issued for Sierra Front starting Monday at noon

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A red flag warning has been issued for much of the eastern side of the Sierra and western Nevada, meaning conditions are prime for fires to quickly grow in size and intensity before first responders can get to them. 

The warning is set to go into effect starting at noon Monday and is currently set to last until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Reno. 

The area included in the warning encompasses the entire Sierra Front and a significant portion of western Nevada, including Reno, Sparks, Carson City and down into northern Mono County. 

Winds are expected to increase to 15-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, and humidity is down between 12 and 18 percent — conditions prime for fast fire spread and growth. 

“Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires,” the warning reads. “Follow local fire restrictions.”

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Sam Gross is a breaking news reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal who covers wildfires, emergencies and more. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com. 

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