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Monday, May 27, 2024

Red flag dry burning conditions warning issued for Cottonwood County

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for 13 counties in southwest Minnesota, effective starting today from 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. due to extreme fire risk conditions.

Affected counties include Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine

A Red Flag Warning means fires can spread quickly and easily progress out of control under the predicted weather conditions, including strong wind and low relative humidity. 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 activate open burning permits for large vegetative debris burning during the Red Flag Warning, and campfires are discouraged.

“Embers can be carried for over a mile in high winds like this. People should use extreme caution until conditions improve,” said Karen Harrison, DNR wildfire prevention specialist.

For more details and updates on this story, please see the April 17 edition of the Citizen.

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