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Potential fire danger exists Friday for west central Minnesota

High winds and low humidity could create the potential for fires to spread rapidly today. The National Weather Service is recommending that outdoor burning not take place.

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High winds and dry conditions could create dangerous fire conditions Friday afternoon in west central Minnesota.

WILLMAR โ€” Gusty winds, warm temperatures and low humidity could create a potential fire danger Friday in west central Minnesota.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for this afternoon, with the potential for a โ€œred flagโ€ warning to be issued later.

The area includes Lac qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Renville and Redwood counties.

And Kandiyohi County is currently in a hazardous weather outlook.

According to the weather service, south to southwest winds will increase to 20-25 mph today, with gusts of 30 mph. Dew point values are expected to drop and the relative humidity could bottom out from 20 to 30 percent across much of west central and southwest Minnesota. Temperatures are expected to reach near 80 today.

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As a result of these expected conditions, a fire weather watch has been issued for a large swath of western Minnesota.

The weather service warns that any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and therefore outdoor burning is not recommended.

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