Reno forecasters: Breezy winds a concern for fire hazard on Monday in Northern Nevada

A file photo showing flames burning wood in a brazier. Reno forecasters issued a Red Flag Warning to last through Monday for Northern Nevada and eastern California.

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Reno forecasters are expecting breezy conditions, prompting them to issue a Red Flag Warning for Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Red Flag Warning will remain in effect from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday for areas including Carson City and Washoe, Storey, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing and Humboldt counties, among other areas.

Forecasters said they expect winds to blow between 20 to 25 mph with gusts reaching 35 to 40 mph.

“The combination of gusty winds and low humidity can cause a fire to rapidly grow in size and intensify before first responders can contain them,” forecasters said on the National Weather Service website.

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Forecasters said they also expect choppy water conditions at any nearby lakes and have issued a lake advisory. The water conditions could affect kayaks, paddleboards and other smaller watercraft.

“Consider postponing boating activities on area lakes until a day with less wind,” forecasters said on the weather service website.

Residents are also asked to avoid outdoor activities that could spark a fire near dry vegetation. That includes activities such as yard work, target shooting and campfires.

Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.