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Fire weather watch issued for Lake Tahoe on Sunday

A view of South Lake Tahoe from the Heavenly observation deck.

Dry and gusty conditions in the Sierra Nevada have led the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for the Lake Tahoe region on Sunday.

The watch is expected to last four to six hours starting Sunday afternoon.

Southwest winds ranging from 15-25 mph are expected, with gusts as strong as 40 mph. Humidity levels are expected to hover between 12-20 percent.

“The combination of gusty winds and low humidity can cause fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity before first responders can contain them,” the National Weather Service reports.

Conditions over the weekend are otherwise expected to be sunny and pleasant, with high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hovering around 80 degrees. Winds of 5-10 mph are expected Saturday.

Along with the Lake Tahoe region, the following areas also will have a fire weather watch on Sunday: Surprise Valley, western Lassen County, eastern Plumas County, eastern Sierra County, eastern Nevada County, Mono County, eastern Alpine County, eastern Lassen County, western Nevada Sierra front, west central Nevada Basin and Range, northern Washoe County, Mineral County and southern Lyon County.

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