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Red flag warning issued for northern half of Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Most of the northern half of Minnesota is under very high fire danger today, Tuesday, May 15.

The red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service is for the following counties: Polk (west), Kittson, Roseau, Lake Of The Woods, Marshall (west), Marshall (east), Beltrami (north), Pennington, Red Lake, Polk (east), Clearwater (north), and Koochiching.

A red flag warning means the area is experiencing extreme weather conditions that are ideal for wildfire, including dry vegetation and gusty winds.

Residents should not burn while the warning remains in effect and check any burning done recently to ensure the fire is out. Any spark could become a wildfire under these conditions.

The warning expires at 8 p.m.

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