Red Flag Warning In Effect, Rough Fire Adds 3,000 Acres

Staff Writer

Rising temperatures and strong winds are on their way this afternoon and into the weekend, as a Red Flag Warning goes into effect right now. The source of most of the smoke in the Eastern Sierra, the Rough Fire near Hume Lake, was at about 10,000 acres as of 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, increasing in size by about 2,000 acres since late yesterday. Winds are continuing to come from the southwest, carrying the smoke over the Sierra crest. The forecast for the next few days doesn't look much better - hotter, drier, windier - and firefighters are bracing themselves across the region and the state for serious wildfire fighting challenges. Here's more on what to expect from the weather: