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Forum staff reports, Published April 06 2012

UPDATE: Burning restrictions put in place in Clay County

MOORHEAD – Burning restrictions were in effect on Friday across the region because of dry conditions and high winds.

A Red Flag warning went in effect in the region Friday afternoon because of critical fire weather conditions.

Any current burning permits were not valid under the warning, said Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. Burning will only be allowed in Clay County with a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and a special permit from the local fire department.

Firefighters quickly put out a grass fire at a shelter belt near Downer early Friday morning.

“It wasn’t a big deal at all,” Bergquist said. “It’s a good thing they got it out before the wind came up.”

The Barnesville Fire Department responded to the fire at 12275 140th St.

The Red Flag burn warning for eastern North Dakota and west-central and northwestern Minnesota – set to expire Friday at 8 p.m. – might be placed back in effect this afternoon, the National Weather Service said in an advisory.