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Near critical fire danger looms through Memorial Day weekend

The fire weather outlook includes all of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties.

A graphic showing near-critical fire weather conditions.
Contributed / National Weather Service in Duluth

BRAINERD โ€” Low relative humidity and breezy conditions are expected to create near-critical fire conditions through Memorial Day weekend for much of northeast Minnesota, including the Brainerd lakes area.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported Friday, May 26, minimum relative humidity values of 15% to 25% are expected over most of northeast Minnesota and southerly winds 5-15 mph are expected with gusts to 15-25 mph.

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โ€œTogether, these conditions could lead to the spread of fires,โ€ the weather service reported

The dry conditions are expected to continue through Memorial Day. Anyone planning any outdoor burning, including campfires, should check local burning restrictions .

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The near-critical fire weather outlook includes all of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties.

The weather serviceโ€™s forecast for the Brainerd lakes area calls for sunny skies and high temperatures of 80 degrees Saturday, 83 degrees Sunday and 84 degrees Memorial Day.

Know the latest fire danger and burning restrictions from the Minnesota DNR

As of Friday, the fire danger was listed as high and burning permits are required for Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Todd counties. A high fire danger means fires start easily and spread at a fast rate.

There will be a few chances of thunderstorms Monday evening through Friday, June 2, the weather service reported, though severe storms are not anticipated at this time.

For more information on burning restrictions for Minnesota, go to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at tinyurl.com/2mjxv8a7 .

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