The National Weather Service has expired the Red Flag Warnings issued for the Mother Lode from 1000 through 3000 feet, and the Stanislaus National Forest through early Sunday morning.
A Red Flag Warning meant that critical fire weather conditions were either occuring or would shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures created explosive fire growth potential.
Anticipated lightning strikes with dry fuels and little precipitation had raised the concern for the significant fire danger.
Additionally, winds gusts from twenty-five to thirty-five mph were expected with downdrafts up to fifty mph in the vicinity of thunderstorms.