Plumas blaze points to Sierra fire danger |

Plumas blaze points to Sierra fire danger

Lightning bolts and searing heat expected across the high Sierra today produced a red flag fire warning this morning.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento issued the warning in the wake of a lightning fire that broke out on the Plumas National Forest Thursday afternoon. The fire north of Nevada County between Portola and Susanville is now more than 2,000 acres.

The red flag warning is in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and includes portions of the Lassen, Plumas, Tahoe, El Dorado and Stanislaus National Forests on the western slope of the Sierra. Showers and thunderstorms are possible in the Sierra above Nevada City and gusty winds could accompany them, the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, an air quality warning remains in effect for western Nevada County today as prevailing winds are expected to move Sacramento pollution into the foothills. Air quality ratings came close to the dangerous for sensitive groups level overnight but fell just short.

Residents have been urged by the Nevada County Department of Public Health to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade. Prolonged outdoor activity should be avoided for heat and air quality reasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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