CHANHASSEN, Minn. - Rising temps and sustained strong southerly winds have resulted in a Red Flag fire warning being issued for much of western Minnesota Monday and Tuesday.
The sustained winds bringing those warmer temps will reach 20 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. Temperatures nearing 90 will drop humidity in the atmosphere 20 to 25 percent. Officials say that combined with existing drought conditions across much of the state, fire danger in some areas will elevate to either very high or extreme.
A cool front is expected to move in from the Dakotas Tuesday afternoon backing winds off considerably. The front could also mean some much needed rain.
According to the National Weather Service a Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.
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