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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for several counties in western and southwestern Minnesota effective Wednesday, March 6, from 12:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. due to extreme fire risk conditions.

Affected counties include Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac que Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Rock, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, and Yellow Medicine

A Red Flag Warning means fires can spread quickly and easily progress out of control under the predicted weather conditions, including low relative humidity and strong winds. Residents should not burn in those counties where a Red Flag Warning is in effect and should check any recent burning they may have done to ensure the fire is completely out. The DNR will not issue or activate open burning permits for large vegetative debris burning during the Red Flag Warning, and campfires are discouraged.

“Embers can be carried for over a mile in high winds like this. People should use extreme caution until conditions improve,” said Karen Harrison, DNR wildfire prevention specialist.

Red Flag Warnings are evolving situations. Visit the National Weather Service, ( for updates.