Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

It's as dry as a desert in parts of Minnesota

Author:

It's as dry as a desert in parts of Minnesota.

But unlike a desert, Minnesota has plenty of vegetation to burn – and crews were already battling a wildfire just west of Bemidji at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Beltrami County Authorities are calling for home evacuations as "air attack" and ground crews work to contain the blaze, a Facebook post indicates.

This comes after the National Weather Service has issued Red Flag fire warnings across the state, affecting central and and northern Minnesota, and portions of southern Minnesota as well, according to a NWS alert.

The agency's Chanhassen office told BringMeTheNews things in the northern half of the state could be especially bad, with relative humidity in the 15-20 percent range.

That's quite dry for this time of year – a NWS forecaster said the desert in the southwestern U.S. can "commonly get as dry" as northern Minnesota is going to get this afternoon.

Unfortunately, with a combination of high winds and moisture-starved vegetation (thanks to an especially mild winter that saw relatively little snowfall), the area is ripe for grassfires.

The NWS says "any fires that get started will likely spread rapidly."

This week, a large-scale grassfire in the Red River Valley singed about 1,000 acres.

Next Up

Gopher Basketball / R.J. Stephens

Late-tip in helps Gophers pass first big test, improve to 6-0

Luke Loewe's bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining helped the Gophers stay undefeated.

ambulance

Man, 40, found dead stuck in air duct at his Otter Tail Co. home

The discovery was made by family members Monday morning.

Biden Minnesota visit stream screengrab - 11.30.31

What Biden said during his visit to Minnesota Tuesday

The president spoke at Dakota County Technical College.

Grand Marais

Cook County registers its first COVID-19 death of the pandemic

The sparsely populated, highly-vaccinated county has continuously had one of the lowest rates of COVID in the state.

Waits family screengrab CNN

Support for MN family after anti-maskers target child of school board chair

An online group opposing Kelsey Waits outed the child as transgender.

Pixabay - school - classroom

St. Paul schools add 2 days to winter break due to pandemic stress

The added days off are meant to acknowledge the stress the pandemic has caused.

Fardoussa Abdillahi

Charges: St. Cloud mother killed baby, placed him in dumpster

The 4-month-old baby was found by officers on Sunday morning.

ambulance

1 dead in crash at Lake Street intersection in south Minneapolis

There have been 465 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, according to the state's traffic division.

robbery

St. Paul restaurateur's businesses burglarized a 6th time

The owner of The Gnome and Hope Breakfast Bar is asking politicians to help St. Paul business owners.

North Memorial Air Care

Teen suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash in southern MN

The 18-year-old was airlifted to a Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester.

foo fighters grohl mr rossi wikimedia

Foo Fighters abruptly cancel Gophers stadium show hours after announcing it

The band is looking for a new venue because of a disagreement over COVID protocols.

Related