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Red flag warning remains in effect

Willmar and west central Minnesota remain in a National Weather Service-issued red flag warning this morning.

As warm, dry air and gusty winds move into the area, temperatures are expected to reach into the mid-90s by the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40 mph.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecasted to dissipate by 1 p.m.

Pope, Stearns, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville and Stevens counties are all included in the red flag warning, which will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, a red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.

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