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NWS observes critical fire conditions in Northern Minnesota

Much of central and northern Minnesota are in high fire danger as of Monday. Courtesy MN DNR

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook Monday for much of Northern Minnesota.

Monday's dry and breezy conditions north of Hwy 2, with northwest winds gusting to 20 mph, mean critical fire conditions in the Northwest and near-critical danger in Northeast and Central Minnesota, according to a news release from the NWS.

The DNR is enforcing burning restrictions in the following counties: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of The Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk East, Ramsey, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Washington and Wright.

MNICS officials urge the public to check the DNR burning restrictions and fire danger website before cleaning up residences, properties or cabin yard areas. Fines result in burning without a permit or when restrictions are in place. More importantly, public and firefighter safety is of utmost concern. Officials advise residents to call 911 and to not to attempt fire suppression on their own.

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