Most of Nevada under red flag warning today

Most of Nevada under red flag warning today

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ELKO — Much of Nevada, including western Elko County, is under a red flag warning today for fire danger.

“A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” stated the National Weather Service. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.”

Relative humidity is at 5-10 percent, and winds of 15-30 mph are expected this afternoon and evening, with gusts up to 50 mph.

The warning extends from noon to 9 p.m. today.

Two wildfires were reported Tuesday evening at Huntington Creek and Dixie Creek when a storm moved through the county, delivering lightning and rain showers. The fires were quickly contained and controlled.

Three large fires were reported elsewhere in Nevada, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Ferguson Fire has burned 1,254 acres in the Simpson Park Mountains of Eureka County. It is 85 percent contained.

The Healy Fire has burned 727 acres in Churchill County, 40 miles northeast of Fallon. It is 30 percent contained.

The Porcupine Fire burned 530 acres in Humboldt County, near Orovada. It is 100 percent contained.

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