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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Rain on Saturday should finally end the fire danger risk that’s been covering most of the state this week.

First though, WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said to expect more dry weather and strong winds Friday. The LeSueur County Dispatch said strong winds and dry conditions have led to a large grass fire near LeSueur Friday afternoon. The fire was big enough that all of LeSueur County’s fire departments have responded to the scene, which is near the Pioneer Power Association.

Temperatures will continue to be in the 80s and wind gusts could reach up to 40-50 mph through the afternoon.

He said that increases the chance that brush fires could start and spread more quickly.

A red flag warning is in effect for most areas of Minnesota, except southern part of the state, which is not as dry.

The fire danger warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.

The Minnesota DNR has restricted open burning throughout the state. Campfires are only allowed in a designated fire receptacle.

They said restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and warn that even recreational or campfires within receptacles or burn barrels have the potential to ignite.

“Stay with your fire, and have water handy as well as a means of dispensing it,” said Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator. “We want to protect our resources.”

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