Red Flag Warning issued for Mammoth Lakes

News release

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Sunday, August 12 and a FIRE WEATHER WATCHon Monday, August 13, 2018 in Mammoth Lakes.

The RED FLAG WARNING is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon to 9:00pm this evening for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH is in effect from Monday afternoon through Monday evening for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds.

A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert issued in advance of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. The Town urges all residents and visitors to use extreme caution as a simple spark could cause a major wildfire. Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work or campfires. Critical weather conditions are as follows:

  • Thunderstorms – Scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening will produce little rainfall. More thunderstorms are possible Monday.
  • Outflow Winds – Gusts up to 50 mph.
  • Impacts – Lightning can create new fire starts and may combine with strong outflow winds to cause a fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity.

Public Information
The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT 106.5 and Sierra Wave 92.5 for any emergency information. If necessary, emergency alerts will be sent to cell phones, CODE RED (download the app and sign up for IO and Android) and via the MLPD Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mammothlakespolicedepartment), including Town communication channels (register for Notify Me).

In the event of an emergency, please call 911 for assistance.

 

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