Red Flag Warning for southeast and south-central Minnesota

Due to extreme fire risk conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for portions of southeast and south-central Minnesota effective Sunday.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect for Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Houston, Martin, Mower, Fillmore, Olmsted, Steele, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona Counties until 6 pm.

A Red Flag Warning means fires can spread quickly and easily progress out of control under the predicted weather conditions, including low relative humidity and gusty winds. Residents should not burn in those counties where a Red Flag Warning is in effect and should check any recent burning they may have done to ensure the fire is completely out. The DNR will not issue or activate open burning permits for large vegetative debris burning during the Red Flag Warning, and campfires are discouraged.

“Any spark could become a wildfire under Red Flag conditions,” said DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Karen Harrison.

The latest fire danger and burn restrictions can be found at this link for Minnesota and here for Wisconsin.