Extreme fire risk conditions across much of Minnesota Monday

Warm temps, strong winds and low humidity will create dangerous fire conditions.
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Dangerous fire conditions exist Monday across the entire western half of the state, resulting in the National Weather Service issuing a red flag warning until 1 a.m. Tuesday. 

The combination of strong winds and low humidity will create ideal wildfire conditions, ultimately meaning that Monday is a bad day to do any burning. 

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"Do not burn while the Red Flag Warning remains in effect and check any burning done recently to ensure the fire is out. Any spark could become a wildfire under Red Flag conditions," explains the Department of Natural Resources. 

According to the weather service, sustained winds of 20-30 mph will occasionally gust to 40-50 mph, which can help fires spread quickly. 

High temperatures Monday will push into the 70s over most of the southern half of the state, even close to 80 in southwest Minnesota. Enjoy it while it lasts because high temps on Tuesday will be around 20-30 degrees cooler, with an even chillier Wednesday on deck. 

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