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Weather conditions spark red flag warning for Nevada County

It's been a beautiful fall so far, with warm, dry, sunny days for weeks on end.

But that means that the fire danger that bedevils all of California has not gone away, with no rain on the immediate horizon.

And, in fact, the National Weather Service has issued yet another red flag warning from Wednesday night through Friday morning.

Dry weather with above normal temperatures is forecast to continue over northern California at least through early next week. North winds and low humidity are expected through the rest of this week. The red flag warning is in effect for a period of stronger winds and extremely low humidity from Wednesday night through Friday morning.

According to a Tuesday update from the National Weather Service, the north to east winds in Grass Valley are expected to reach 20-25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph along the ridges and canyons. The humidity level Thursday is forecasted at just 12 percent.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 69 degrees in Grass Valley. The sun will continued on Thursday with a high near 67. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph are forecasted in Grass Valley, continuing into the night. Friday will also be sunny, with a high near 68.

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San Juan Ridge gets fire wise

Residents of the San Juan Ridge who want to be proactive can head over to a free forum Thursday, "Fire on the Ridge: How do we make our community more fire safe?"

The event, produced by the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, intended to bring greater awareness of fire prevention and safety issues on the Ridge. A variety of speakers will address topics such as the "new normal" of fire behavior in the West, resources available to homeowners and neighborhoods, Firewise Communities, and projects being undertaken to create a more fire safe environment.

Speakers include Cal Fire Northern Operations Division Chief Jim Mathias, North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department Battalion Chief Boyd Johnson, fire scientist Jo Ann Fites, North San Juan Fire Protection District board member Pat Leach, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County board chair Donn Thane, and Yuba Watershed Institute executive director Chris Friedel.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler-Foote Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be available. For more information, email or call 530-478-1941.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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