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Update: Red Flag Warning Issued For Stanislaus National Forest

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The Red Flag Warning remains in effect for the Stanislaus National Forest, until 11 AM this morning.

Gusty northeast to east wind of ten to twenty-five mph will continue over eastern portions of the foothills and mountains this morning, with gusts ranging from thirty to forty mph. The combination of lowering humidity and dry fuels is resulting in areas of critical fire weather conditions. The highest winds will be near favorably oriented canyons and ridgetops.

The minimum humidity today will range from ten to twenty-five percent.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The wind will decrease this afternoon, turning onshore Wednesday with slight cooling. Locally gusty downslope winds will be possible again from Thursday into early Friday under warming conditions.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.