Low humidity levels and dry vegetation will lead to near critical fire weather conditions today. Minimum relative humidity values of around 25 percent are expected while fire officials report that grasses and other vegetation are quite dry.

In addition, sustained southerly winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph can be expected this afternoon into early this evening. This combination of dry conditions with breezy winds may contribute to the rapid spread of fires.

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Outdoor burning is not recommended. Check burning restrictions and heed instructions from fire officials. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Fire Weather Watch for This Afternoon & Evening

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Fire Weather Warnings.

From the National Weather Service this afternoon: A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for much of Minnesota this afternoon. Limit outdoor burning. Hot, dry, and windy conditions could lead to inadvertent fires and wildfire spread.

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