The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for this afternoon for a large part of Central Minnesota including Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, and Wright counties. Strong winds, low humidities, and dry conditions will create a critical fire situation.

In addition to the weather conditions expected for tomorrow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has listed fire danger in our area as 'Moderate,' meaning that fires will start easily and spread at a moderate rate.

Any fires that develop today will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

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