High fire danger today, Tuesday
WILLMAR -- The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for west central and south central Minnesota for today and Tuesday.
The weather service issued the warning because temperatures warming into the 80s, minimum relative humidity near 20 percent, dry fuel conditions and strong southerly wind approaching 30 mph will result in high fire danger conditions.
The 19 affected counties in the warning area include Stevens, Pope, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Yellow Medicine, Renville and Redwood. The cities of Glenwood, Madison, Benson, Montevideo, Willmar, Granite Falls, Morris and Olivia are included.
Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten announced Sunday evening that there would be a burning ban from 6 a.m. today until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The warning area will develop between a high pressure area moving to the east and an advancing cold front.
The fire danger will ease tonight as the wind decreases and relative humidity increases, but will redevelop across southern Minnesota Tuesday as temperatures rise between 90 and 95 degrees, the southerly wind picks up and humidity falls to near 20 percent again.
The cold front, accompanied by decreasing wind, could reduce the fire danger across west central Minnesota Tuesday afternoon.