High fire danger warning issued for Twin Cities

5:49 PM, Oct 5, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for fire danger for the Twin Cities, west central and south central Minnesota.

A red flag warning is the highest level of fire danger.  The warning is in effect through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Winds will be from the south at 10 tp 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.  Fires could become dangerous and fast-moving in a short period of time due to gusty winds and low humidity.

The dry stretch of weather continues across the Twin Cities and the rest of Minnesota. The latest drought monitor update places most of south central and southwestern Minnesota in "moderate drought," with severe drought for significant portions of northeastern Minnesota where fires still rage in parts of the boundary waters canoe area.

The Twin Cities area is classified as "dry."  In September we received only 0.36" of rainfall (compared to 3.08" the normal September rainfall). It was our DRIEST September on record, beating the old record of 0.41" set back in 1940.

With temperatures in the 80s all this week and very dry air (dew points in the 30s and 40s, making for afternoon relative humidities of 10-20% only) and increasing winds, Red Flag warnings are posted for southwestern Minnesota where grass fires become a dangerous possibility.

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