Red Flag Warning for Northeast Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Minnesota DNR

Red Flag Warning for Northeast Minnesota

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Red Flag warning has been issued for Northeastern Minnesota due to low humidity, strong winds and warm temperatures that could easily start fires.

The Red Flag warning is in effect until 9pm Wednesday.

Wildland fires have been popping up all day across Minnesota. One fire in Alden Township up the North Shore almost prompted another evacuation. Fire crews responded to a five acre fire along the Nappa Road. Authorities alerted nearby residents of the fire and that there may be an evacuation.

Crews were able to extinguish the flames with the help of a DNR helicopter. No one was injured and no personal property was damaged. Authorities are investigating the cause of that blaze.

Local fire crews say that was just one of five fires that started across Northeastern Minnesota.

In the Northwestern part of the state, the Green Valley Fire near Menahga has spread to 7,100 acres and has already damaged 57 structures, including 12 homes. Some people have been evacuated from the area due to the blaze. Highway 71 between Menahga and Park Rapids is closed to traffic.

There are also two fires burning in the Red Lake area. Some precipitation on Tuesday kept the Buffalo Ranch fire from spreading with the flames reduced from 6,000 acres on Tuesday to 4,900 acres this afternoon. Crews have been able to contain 80% of that fire. The River Road Fire is about 1,600 acres in size and has been 85% contained.

Flames near Grand Rapids on Wednesday were threatening a few structures in the area, however crews have been able to control that fire.

High fire danger is expected to continue into this weekend. Winds are expected to be weaker today, however the humidity will be low and temperatures will remain high.

Burning permits are not being issued in the northern two-thirds of Minnesota due to the favorable fire conditions.

The map shown on the right shows that most of the Northland is under "Extreme Fire Danger".

Posted to the web by Krista Burns

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