There's an increased risk of wildfires in Minnesota today

There's a red flag warning in central Minnesota.
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If you live in central Minnesota, you probably shouldn't burn anything today – there's an increased risk that things could get out of control.

Despite some areas of Minnesota getting quite a bit of rain Saturday, the west-central Minnesota didn't see much, so grasses and leaves are still pretty dry. That, combined with high temperatures in the 60s and wind gusts at 25 mph, will create elevated fire dangers Sunday afternoon. That's why the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of central Minnesota from noon to 8 p.m.

The weather service is urging people not to burn, and if you see a wildfire you should call 911 immediately.

You can check the latest burning restrictions in Minnesota here.

According to the DNR, nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans, and more than 25 wildfires in the state in 2015 were caused by cigarettes that weren’t put out completely.

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