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Red Flag Warning issued for eastern Plumas and Sierra counties

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning on dry fuels, which is in effect from 2 p.m. today  to  8 a.m. Thursday.

The impacted areas include western Lassen, eastern Plumas, and eastern Sierra counties, as well as a portion of eastern Lassen County and northern Washoe County.

A scattered mix of wet and dry thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon with a potential for storms to continue overnight and into early Thursday morning.

The NWS warns that lightning can create new fire starts. Strong outflow wind gusts up to 45 mph could cause a fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity before first responders can contain them.

The public is urged to avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires. Follow local fire restrictions.

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