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Fire warning issued for most of western Minnesota tonight, Saturday

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Lack of rain, coupled with a warm and early spring, has created a high fire risk across much of Minnesota. State officials warned today that fire danger will be extremely high this weekend because of high winds and low humidity.

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The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that remains in effect until 8 p.m. tonight. A red flag warning means conditions are ripe for explosive grass fires that could spread rapidly.

The NWS also issued a fire weather watch which is in effect from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday across the western third of the state. Strong west winds at 25 to 30 mph are in the forecast Saturday afternoon, along with low humidity. Counties in the fire weather watch area include Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

A burning ban is in effect across most of the state.

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