Fire weather watch issued for mother lode

A weather system passing to our east will bring gusty northerly and easterly winds to the northern California interior.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for southern Mother Lode (Calaveras and Tuolumne counties) below 3,000 feet, as well as northern San Joaquin Valley below 1,000 feet, from Thursday morning to Friday evening.

Winds will increase Thursday morning and peak Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.

Northerly winds of fifteen to thirty mph are likely, with gusts ranging from thirty-five to forty-five mph.

Minimum humidities of five to twelve percent are forecast during the afternoons, with overnight recoveries ranging from twenty to twenty-five percent.

Gusty winds along with drying out fuels will likely bring critical fire weather to the area. Any fire that develops will likely spread quickly.

Lighter winds are expected on Saturday, but humidity readings will remain in the numbers and teens.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast.