NW MN highway closed due to smoke from grass fire

The grass fire was reported Monday afternoon.
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The National Weather Service warned of dangerous fire conditions on Monday, and a grass fire has wrought enough havoc in northwest Minnesota that a stretch of Highway 2 has been closed in both directions. 

The closure extends for just three miles, from the town of Mentor at County Road 231 to the west until Hwy. 32, according to MnDOT. The specific area of the grass fire is approximately 20 miles east of Crookston. 

Grabow reported that the highway was closed and reopened only to be closed again multiple times Monday evening due to reduced visibility from the smoke. 

A red flag warning was issued Monday across all of western Minnesota, where warm temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds served as the perfect ingredients for critical fire conditions. 

The red flag warning expires at 1 a.m. Tuesday. 

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