Red Flag warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning this afternoon for much of Minnesota. Extreme fire conditions are expected. A spark can rapidly turn into a wildfire in these conditions. The Minnesota Interagency Fire center is asking everyone to refrain from burning.   

Counties included in the Red Flag Warning:

Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Mahnomen, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Norman, Otter Tail, Pine, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, St. Louis, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Watonwan, Wilkin, Wright and Yellow Medicine.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect Saturday, May 2, from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Learn before you burn: