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Risk of explosive wildfires in Minnesota raised to 'critical'

The warm, dry air couple with strong winds are to blame.

The National Weather Service has raised the fire danger status from "elevated" to "critical" for much of central, east-central and southern Minnesota this afternoon through 7 p.m. 

In the map below, the area shaded in red is currently experiencing "critical" fire conditions, meaning the dry air with warm temperatures and strong winds will allow any potential fires to spread explosively

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the fire danger Sunday afternoon is very high to extreme.  

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The DNR defines extreme fire danger as: "Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious." 

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Burning is not recommended although campfires are still allowed. 

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