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Fire Weather Watch issued for Northern Minnesota - including most of Cook County

May 15, 2023 08:37AM ● By Content Editor
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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - May 15, 2023

Due to high winds and low humidity, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Monday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in northern Minnesota.

Counties include Beltrami, Clearwater, Cook, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and St. Louis.

A Fire Weather Watch means conditions are predicted to produce near-critical fire weather conditions. "When low humidity, warm temperatures, and winds align, like they are predicted to do tomorrow, any spark can quickly start a wildfire that spreads rapidly." said Karen Harrison, DNR wildfire prevention specialist. Outdoor burning is discouraged. 

Fire Weather Watches are evolving situations and could quickly progress to Red Flag conditions. Visit the National Weather Service for updates. 

For more information and daily updates visit the statewide fire danger and burning restrictions page of the DNR website. 

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