A mixture of strong winds, dry land and warmer-than-average temperatures have central and southern Minnesota—including Apple Valley and the rest of Dakota County—in a "very high" fire danger rating, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service.
A "very high" fire danger means:
Fires start very easily and spread at a very fast rate. Fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in heavy fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds. Direct attack at the head of such fires is rarely possible after they have been burning more than a few minutes.
Burning permits are required in Dakota County during this time.