Most of Minnesota under Red Flag Fire Warning

By KBJR News 1

Most of Minnesota under Red Flag Fire Warning

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Extreme fire conditions have caused the National Weather Service to put most of Minnesota under a Red Flag Fire Warning.

The combination of high temperatures, low relative humidity, and strong and gusty winds are producing extreme fire conditions. Northern Minnesota had some rain showers Tuesday morning, but most areas had less than tenth of an inch of rain. The strong winds will dry these areas up fast.

Monday was an active fire day in Northwest Minnesota with a fire burning 6,000 acres on the Red Lake Reservation land. The fire is on the west side of Lower Red Lake and could threaten structures. The Minnesota Incident Command System sent an Incident Management Team to the ire, and another team is on alert.

Governor Dayton approved the Minnesota National Guard deployment of two helicopters to the fire- one Blackhawk with a 600 gallon bucket and a Chinook with a 2,000 gallon bucket.

The Minnesota DNR has also restricted open burning in most of Minnesota. Campfires are allowed but must no larger than three feet tall by three feet wide.

With the perfect storm of weather conditions, anyone that sees a fire is urged to call 911.

Posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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