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Trees are nearing their fall color peak in some areas of Minnesota

Some areas are at 75-100% peak color.
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The fall colors in Lutsen on Sept. 15, 2021. 

Fall colors are really starting to pop in northern Minnesota. 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its weekly fall color update on Thursday (see map below), which shows far northwestern Minnesota and areas along the North Shore in northeastern Minnesota are already at 75-100% peak color. 

The three Minnesota State Parks that are already at 75-100% peak color include Old Mill State Park, Lake Bronson State Park and Cascade River State Park. 

Much of the rest of northern Minnesota is at least 25-50% of peak color as of Sept. 23, while central and southern Minnesota are between 10-50% peak color, with much of the state in the 10-25% range. 

At this time last year, most of the northern third of the state was at 75-100% peak color. 

The drought that has plagued Minnesota for months has impacted fall colors. Val Cervenka, the Minnesota DNR's forest health program coordinator, told Bring Me The News in August that leaves were changing much earlier than normal. 

Related [Aug. 11]: Here's what the drought means for fall colors in Minnesota this year

The drought is also expected to make some of those vibrant reds and oranges a little more muted this year. 

However, Cervenka stressed that everything won't be brown — there will be "pockets of awesomeness" for leaf peepers this year. 

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