Red Flag Warning issued for Tahoe Basin |

Red Flag Warning issued for Tahoe Basin

Gusty winds and low humidity in the Lake Tahoe Basin will increase the likelihood of wildfire on Tuesday, according to a warning issued by weather forecasters.

The National Weather Service in Reno issued a Red Flag Warning for the Lake Tahoe Basin on Monday morning.

West winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph on Tuesday afternoon and evening, as well as humidity that is expected to be between 10 to 15 percent caused the weather service to issue the warning.

The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

“With fuels drying across the Tahoe Basin, the increasing winds will become conducive to rapid fire growth,” according to the warning.

The weather service has also issued Lake Wind advisories until 8 p.m. tonight and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Up to 4 foot waves expected on Lake Tahoe will make small boats and kayaks prone to capsizing and should remain off the lake until conditions improve, according to the advisory.