Red flag warning in effect for Northern Nevada

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) A red flag warning is in effect through 11 p.m. September 12 and firefighters urge the public to be extra cautious.

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Strong winds, low humidity and dry fuels are a hazardous combination for fire danger. Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District says because of these conditions, any fire could spread rapidly.

Firefighters say people need to be extra careful with these conditions. They say even though the temperatures are dropping, the dry conditions and high winds still make for potentially dangerous conditions.

"You know it's not a good day to mow your field or use your lawnmower or work out there, anything that can create a spark can cause a fire," Mike Heikka, battalion chief with TMFPD, says. "It could be a very disastrous fire, you've seen the fires we've had recently it doesn't take very long for them to get out of control."

Heikka says people should make sure they have created defensible space around their homes. If you have cheat grass, he recommends keeping at least 30 feet between the grass and your house.