Red Flag Warning issues for much of SW Minnesota
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for southwest Minnesota this afternoon into the evening. Strong westerly winds 30 to 35 mph gusting up to 50 mph along with very low humidity are expected this afternoon. In these dry conditions, wildfires that develop are likely to spread rapidly. Today is not a day to burn.
The Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
Counties included in the Red Flag Warning: Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine Counties.
The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center urges everyone to be careful with any potential heat source that can cause a spark. We are asking everyone to do their part and not burn during these dry conditions.
- Don’t burn debris.
- Keep campfires 3 feet in diameter by 3 feet high or smaller.
- Remain with your campfire until it is out cold. Keep a hose or enough water and a shovel nearby to drown-stir-repeat until cold enough to touch.
- Be aware, sparks from gas powered engines near dry grass or other vegetation can easily ignite a wildfire.
If you do spot an escaped wildfire, call 911.
Learn before you burn:
- Check current fire danger and burning restrictions at: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html
- For active fire information, visit www.mnics.org or follow us on Twitter @MNICS or @MN Forestry.