Extreme fire conditions today have resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a Red Flag Warning for 42 Minnesota counties, including: Stevens, Swift, Pope, Yellow Medicine, Lac Qui Parle, Stearns, Kandiyohi and Douglas.

A Red Flag Warning means the area is experiencing critical weather conditions that are ideal for wildfire, including strong winds and minimum humidity values. Do not burn while the Red Flag Warning remains in effect and check any burning done recently to ensure the fire is out. Any spark could become a wildfire under Red Flag conditions.

The Red Flag Warning expires at 6 p.m.

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