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Monday, May 27, 2024

Extreme fire risk warning issued from National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for several counties in southwest Minnesota effective Monday, March 11, from 1:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. due to extreme fire risk conditions.

Affected counties include Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock.

A Red Flag Warning means fires can spread quickly and easily progress out of control under the predicted weather conditions, including very dry conditions, low relative humidity, and strong wind. Residents should not burn in those counties where a Red Flag Warning is in effect and should check any recent burning they may have done to ensure the fire is completely out. The DNR will not issue or activate open burning permits for large vegetative debris burning during the Red Flag Warning, and campfires are discouraged.

“When fire risk is this high it’s important to be careful with anything could spark a wildfire,” said Karen Harrison, DNR wildfire prevention specialist.

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