Fire Weather Watch Issued for Foothills and Western Slope

Fire Weather Watch

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
215 PM PST FRI JAN 6 2012

…GUSTY WINDS AND DRY CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND…

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BE DROPPING INTO THE GREAT BASIN THIS
WEEKEND WHICH WILL ENHANCE OFFSHORE FLOW. STRENGTHENING NORTHEAST
TO EAST WINDS WILL CREATE MODERATE TO STRONG DOWNSLOPE WINDS ALONG
THE WESTERN SIERRA SLOPES INTO THE FOOTHILLS. GUSTY WINDS
COMBINED WITH LOW HUMIDITY VALUES AND DRY FUELS WILL CREATE CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

CAZ220-266-267-080000-
/O.NEW.KSTO.FW.A.0001.120107T1800Z-120108T2000Z/
SOUTHERN MOTHERLODE FROM 1000 TO 3000 FT. INCLUDES PORTIONS OF
CALAVERAS-TUOLUMNE UNIT-
NORTHERN SIERRA FOOTHILLS FROM 1000 TO 3000 FT. INCLUDES PORTIONS
OF SHASTA-TRINITY AND BUTTE UNITS-
NORTHERN MOTHERLODE FROM 1000 TO 3000 FT. INCLUDES PORTIONS OF
NEVADA-YUBA-PLACER-AMADOR AND ELDORADO UNITS-
215 PM PST FRI JAN 6 2012

…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR FIRE ZONES
220…266 AND 267 ABOVE 2000 FEET…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A FIRE
WEATHER WATCH ABOVE 2000 FEET…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY
MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN CALIFORNIA…FIRE ZONE 220 SOUTHERN
MOTHERLODE FROM 1000 TO 3000 FT. INCLUDES PORTIONS OF
CALAVERAS-TUOLUMNE UNIT ABOVE 2000 FEET…FIRE ZONE 266
NORTHERN SIERRA FOOTHILLS FROM 1000 TO 3000 FT. INCLUDES
PORTIONS OF SHASTA-TRINITY AND BUTTE UNITS ABOVE 2000 FEET…
FIRE ZONE 267 NORTHERN MOTHERLODE FROM 1000 TO 3000 FT.
INCLUDES PORTIONS OF NEVADA-YUBA-PLACER-AMADOR AND ELDORADO
UNITS ABOVE 2000 FEET.

* WIND: NORTHEASTERLY TO EASTERLY DOWNSLOPE WINDS WILL RANGE 10 TO
20 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. STRONGEST GUSTS WILL BE
THROUGH EAST-WEST ORIENTED CANYONS AND OVER EXPOSED RIDGES.

* HUMIDITY: HUMIDITY VALUES WILL LOWER INTO THE TEENS…LOCALLY
LOWER IN SOME AREAS…ALONG PORTIONS OF THE UPPER FOOTHILLS OF
THE WESTERN SIERRA.

* IMPACTS: LOW HUMIDITY ALONG WITH GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND. IT IS LIKELY FOR BRUSH
FIRES TO SPREAD QUICKLY WITH THE GUSTY WINDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

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JBB