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Despite snowfall, Minnesota could see 'explosive' fire season

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Extremely dry conditions last fall could quickly return once the snow melts this spring and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is preparing for wildfires more dangerous than last year.

Without a steady rainfall in the coming months, Minnesota is facing a "potentially explosive" fire season, the Star Tribune reports.

Last year, the DNR fought 1,400 fires, which is about average. But what's concerning is that the fires are getting larger.

About 60,000 acres burned last year, more than double the annual average.

Officials also predict fires may start popping up in nontraditional areas such as cropland of western and southwestern Minnesota.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 98 percent of Minnesota is still in moderate to extreme drought. Since winter began, conditions have not improved because the majority of snow on the ground doesn't soak into frozen soil.

Experts say the drought extending from Texas into Canada is expected to intensify during planting season. Bloomberg reports the center of the drought will move northward, pinning it at Redwood Falls as opposed to central Nebraska last year.

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