Part of Minnesota is at an increased risk of fires due to Tuesday's stronger winds and low humidity.
Westerly winds of 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph or more, are likely across much of central and southern Minnesota on Tuesday. That, coupled with low relative humidity levels at around 30% will cause the "rapid spread of any fires that develop," the National Weather Service (NWS) says.
Because of this, NWS has issued a red flag warning from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for southwestern Minnesota, where there is an "extreme" fire danger – any spark could become a wildfire, according to the Minnesota Department of Resources.
Meanwhile, south-central Minnesota, including Hennepin County, is also at an increased risk of fires spreading, with the NWS saying the area has elevated fire weather conditions.
In these areas, people should limit outdoor activities that could cause fires, including bonfires (the entire state of Minnesota has burning restrictions, with permits required), and people should not throw their cigarettes out of vehicles, NWS says.
The DNR has shared a few resources to stay safe:
- Check the statewide fire danger and current burning restrictions webpage, which the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates daily.
- Follow @mnforestry (DNR Forestry) on Twitter for up-to-date information on statewide fire conditions.
- Follow @mnics (Minnesota Incident Command System) for information on large wildfires.