Hot, dry weather creates serious risk of fire in southwest Minnesota

Strong winds and drought-like conditions in parts of the state could cause fires to quickly grow out of control, the Weather Service is warning.
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Hot air, dry vegetation and strong winds are creating perfect conditions for dangerous fires in southwest Minnesota. The National Weather Service has issued what it calls a 'red flag warning' -- its most serious fire warning -- in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

KARE 11 reports a farm in Carver County caught fire early this afternoon. Fortunately Firefighters were able to extinguish it before it got out of control. Sparks from a combine may have lit the blaze.

The Weather Service says temperatures will likely stay about 20 degrees above normal over the next few days, and dangerous fire conditions could continue into Thursday.

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