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High Sierra fires possible

A red flag fire warning has been issued through tonight for the eastern slope of the High Sierra as thunderstorms are expected to bring dry lightning strikes down on parched forests.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento this morning said clouds will build up during the day to form the thunderstorms from the Sierra Crest down the east slope to the Nevada Basin.

Erratic, gusting winds, super dry forest fuels and the lightning strikes “could cause numerous fire starts,” the weather service said.

The Nevada County foothills, Grass Valley and Nevada City on the western slope of the Sierra are not expected to see any precipitation today with sunny skies and highs in the mid-80s.

Clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s to mid-80s are expected in western Nevada County through the weekend.

A possible stronger weather system arriving Thursday could bring more thunderstorms and lightning into the High Sierra’s peaking fire conditions.

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