The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday.By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for several counties in east-central and northeastern Minnesota.

The warning applies to Carlton, Pine, and St. Louis counties, as strong winds and low humidity are causing conditions which could fuel the spread of wildfire.

WCCO meteorologists say winds on Saturday afternoon will reach speeds as high as 36 mph in the metro and 46 mph in Alexandria.

Residents are advised not to burn anything outside, and to check any recent burns to confirm the fire is out.

The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday.