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Fire Weather Watch & Excessive Heat This Week

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service Hanford Office is warning residents in the area to be prepared for Excessive Heat. The heat is expected to last through Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  They are also issuing a Fire Weather Watch in effect from Saturday at 11 a.m. through Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

Well above normal temperatures, even for the high Sierra, will make outdoor activities more likely to cause heat-related illnesses than folks are used to even at higher elevations. This rare, long-duration extreme heat with little to no overnight relief affects everyone, especially those without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 11 AM Saturday through 9 PM Sunday due to the probability of lightning and low fuel moisture which are favorable for fires. There is a 25% chance of thunderstorms – including dry
lightning – late Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon. Less than a 10% chance of wetting rain with these storms. Thunderstorm potential resumes Sunday afternoon, ending Sunday evening. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly due to dry fuels. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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