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Published October 05, 2011, 07:43 PM

Red Flag Warning Issued For Much of Minnesota

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A red flag warning is in effect for northwest Minnesota because of dangerous fire weather conditions.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A red flag warning is in effect for much of Minnesota because of dangerous fire weather conditions.

Extremely dry weather and winds have made conditions right for wildfires.

During this warning, the only burning allowed in the state is smaller bonfires under three feet by three feet.

Firefighters say people need to pay attention to the conditions.

"The biggest risk areas for us in this area are of course along the river, ditches that can run into the murray and where fire can get away and travel at a higher rate of speed. It can be hard to access the area that it's burning in," EGF assistant fire chief Gary Larson said.

The National Weather Service says that low humidity and dry vegetation have fueled the potential for fire across northwest and west central Minnesota through Thursday.

The low humidity will combine with winds of up to 20 to 25 mph, only adding to the dangerous conditions.

North Dakota fire officials say vegetation in the state is not as dry as in Minnesota, so the warnings haven't yet been issued.

Firefighters say if we get rain by the end of the week, the ban may be lifted in this area.

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