TOML news release
A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert issued in advance of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. The Town urges all residents and visitors to use extreme caution as a simple spark could cause a major wildfire. Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work or campfires. This is a particularly dangerous situation with extremely low humidity and high winds. Critical weather conditions are as follows:
- Valley winds: West to southwest 15-25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph
- Slope/Ridge winds: West to southwest 25-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph
- Humidity: 5-15%
- Duration: 4-7 hours
- Impacts: The combination of strong gusty winds and low humidity can cause fires to grow extremely quickly in size and intensity before first responders can contain them. New fires will grow rapidly out of control – in some cases people may not be able to evacuate safely in time should a fire approach.
The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT 106.5 and Sierra Wave 92.5 for any emergency information. If necessary, emergency alerts will be sent to cell phones, CODE RED (download the app and sign up for IO and Android) and via the MLPD Facebook page and Town communication channels (Register for Notify Me). In the event of an emergency, please call 911 for assistance.
Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches.