Red Flag Warning in effect until 8:00 a.m. October 9

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning that is in effect until 8:00 a.m. on October 9 for parts of Western Nevada.

Many areas across the state of California are preparing for intentional rolling blackouts by the utility PG&E. The utility says it's part of it's program to help reduce the wildfire risk. You can find the full list of PG&E affected counties here.

But Northern Nevadans won't experience the intentional shut offs for this red flag warning.

Firefighters warn people to be vigilant because of the increased fire danger.

"We encourage our residents to refrain from activities that could start fires especially in windy conditions because it is the wind that can dry out the vegetation thereby increasing the fire risk," Adam Mayberry of Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, says.

Mayberry says winds are the biggest concern when it comes to wildfires.

"That's what pushed the fire," he says.

Mayberry warns that just because temperatures are dropping does not mean the fire risk does too.

"The reality is that some of our most dangerous wildfires in Washoe County have occurred in the fall and early winter look at the Little Valley Fire, the Washoe Drive Fire the Caughlin Ranch Fire they all started late into the year," he says.

Mayberry says that 85% of wildfires are human-caused and it's essential for people to refrain from any activities that could spark a wildfire.

"That includes things like target shooting, idling over a dry patch of grass or vegetation, four wheeling, make sure you have spark arresters for vehicles going off-roading and what we're seeing now is a lot of open burning and open burning is prohibited in Washoe County," Mayberry says.