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Warning: High fire danger for south central Minnesota

The Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be careful with campfires this weekend. The southern half of the state has very little snow cover. That combined with strong winds and highs in the 60s are creating dangerous fire weather conditions.
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The Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be careful with campfires this weekend. The southern half of the state has very little snow cover. That combined with strong winds and highs in the 60s are creating dangerous fire weather conditions.

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