Burning ban: Warm, dry conditions lead to high fire risk

Published 8:31 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Mower County Sheriff’s Office issued a burning ban Tuesday afternoon for all of Mower County.

Red flag fire warnings have been posted for much of southern Minnesota this week, prompting burning restrictions across the area as well. The National Weather Service posts red flag warnings when weather conditions create a high risk for fires. These warnings could be in place for days, until conditions change, according to Tom Romaine, a fire supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Unusually high temps and low humidity, combined with increasing winds are creating potentially dangerous fire conditions across much of our region,” Romaine said.

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This week, many counties have put burning restrictions in place and some have banned recreational fires. It is important for people to check with their counties to see what exact restrictions exist.

“Even if restrictions have not been posted in your county, great care should be taken with any outdoor fire right now,” Romaine said.

The potential for crop field fires is also high.

“The low moisture content in corn and soybean fields creates a heightened fire danger,” Romaine said. “It is more important than ever for farmers to keep machinery clean, make sure guards are in place and carry a fire extinguisher.”

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