Red Flag Warning 04 Oct 11

Saying weather conditions will create “explosive fire growth potential,” the National Weather Service has put portions of west central and south central Minnesota, including Kandiyohi and Renville Counties, under a “red flag” warning for today (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

Officials say high temperatures, high winds, low humidity and extremely dry conditions have increased the chance for wildfires.

The threat is especially worrisome in rural areas where fields are full of dry crops.

Officials in Yellow Medicine, Renville, and Chippewa counties have initiated restrictions on open burning.

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen is predicting temperatures in the high 80s, relative humidity of less than 20 percent and wind gusts up to 30 mph today and Wednesday that make conditions ripe for wildfires.

The red flag warning, which means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly, is in effect from this afternoon until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service of Chanhassen has put the following counties under a red flag warning for today and Wednesday: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Pope, Lac qui Parle, Redwood, Douglas, Stevens, Brown, Watonwan and Martin.