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Don't burn anything in Douglas County today, Monday; area is under red flag warning

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Fire officials say weather conditions were nearing a critical stage for grassfires across the state on Monday, April 20. Forum file photo.

Douglas County is one of 42 counties in Minnesota that's under a "red flag warning" for having extreme fire conditions today, Monday, April 20.

The National Weather Service issuing the warning for the following counties:

Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.

A red flag warning means the area is experiencing critical weather conditions that are ideal for wildfire, including strong winds and minimum humidity values. Do not burn while the red flag warning remains in effect and check any burning done recently to ensure the fire is out. Any spark could become a wildfire under red flag conditions.

The red flag warning expires at 6 p.m.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers the following advice about fires:

Stay connected, stay safe.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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