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Fire and ice: County under burning restriction, NWS expects freeze

Published 10:42am Monday, April 9, 2012

Mower County’s a little cold and dry today, but conditions are right for fires to spread easily.

High winds and low humidity mean the county is under a red flag warning Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi and state officials also spoke Monday morning and decided to put Mower County under a burning restriction. That means conditions are right for dangerous fires. The red flag warning, which was in effect Sunday, will continue throughout the day. Amazi said grills and recreational campfires are still OK as long as they are attended. Burning permits can still be obtained through the county, as well.

Tonight, the county will fall under a freeze warning as temperatures will drop to the middle and upper 20s overnight into Tuesday morning.

Though today’s high is 51 degrees, residents should still be concerned over potential fires.

“The temperature isn’t as critical,” said Todd Shea, NWS meteorologist. “It’s the humidity level and the winds that more direct the fire behavior.”

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