MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State officials are warning of an elevated fire danger this weekend throughout southern and central Minnesota because of high temperatures and a lack of snow.
The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in the 60s, low relative humidity and strong winds up to 25 mph on Saturday afternoon. That combination could lead to severe fire-weather conditions in the southern half of the state.
In addition, the state Department of Natural Resources says there's little or no snow cover in that part of the state, which adds to the fire danger.
The Minnesota Incident Command System says high fire danger means fires can start easily and spread quickly. Residents in those areas are urged to be careful with open flames, and to be especially cautious with campfires.
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