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Gusty winds prompt new Red Flag Warning around the North Complex West Zone fire

Fire conditions remain extremely vulnerable to winds and low humidity. Winds start to pick up Monday morning and will continue through the evening.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — UPDATE: 10:30pm Sunday

The Red Flag Warning now extends through eastern California into parts of Nevada.

ORIGINAL: 

A developing change in the weather pattern will bring increased winds Monday morning. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for areas around and to the north of the North Complex West Zone fire.

Winds shift to the southwest, meaning winds will be pulling out of the south and west and pushing toward the north and east. Sustained winds will be 15-20 m.p.h. and gusting up to 35 m.p.h. Humidity will range between 15%-25%.

These aren't the same type of winds that allowed explosive growth of the North Complex West Zone fire, but any winds will bring renewed efforts to contain fire lines. Fuel is still very dry, and there are actively burning areas around the fire.

The winds will start to improve some of the smoke conditions that have been limiting visibility for the air attack. This could allow firefighting efforts to start again from above the fire lines.

The wind should start to die down Tuesday but Cal Fire officials are saying they are closely monitoring winds to secure fire lines.

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