(KROC-AM News)- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for eight counties in southwest Minnesota. 

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The warning takes effect at noon Wednesday in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock Counties. The warning expires at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Officials say the warning was issued due to expected strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures, conditions ideal for a wildfire. Residents in those counties are advised not to burn during the warning and to make sure all fires are completely out. 

A news release from the DNR says Red Flag Warnings are issued when there are extreme fire risk conditions. “Any spark could become a wildfire under Red Flag conditions,” said Allissa Reynolds, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor.

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