Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions For Southern Minnesota Into This Evening
The combination of strong west winds and low humidity made conditions ideal for wildfires again today. As a result, a Red Flag Warning remains in effect for parts of southern Minnesota into the evening hours.
Do not do any burning today. Consider choosing a day later this week that will have safer conditions.
Here are a few fire related safety rules:
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- If you see a fire, contact your local law enforcement and fire department immediately.
- Do not toss cigarettes or matches from a car window, farm vehicle, or off-road vehicle (ORV). This can ignite leaves or grass leading to a wildfire. Never grind a cigarette, cigar, or pipe tobacco out on a stump or log.
- Keep engines used outdoors properly tuned. Such engines must also have a properly functioning spark arrestor. Poorly tuned engines without spark arresting mufflers can emit carbon sparks, causing a wildfire.
- Be careful with matches. Keep all matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children. In only 10% of the child-caused fires do children have to work to obtain matches or a lighter.
- Be careful using farm or Earth moving equipment that could generate a spark accidently. This is a common ignition source as well.
- Do not burn trash in these conditions. Embers or flames can easily spread into nearby dry grass OR buildings.