Update (March 12): The fire danger rating has been downgraded to "low" in Hennepin County.
A mixture of strong winds, dry land and warmer-than-average temperatures has triggered a "very high" fire danger rating in central Minnesota—including St. Louis Park and Hennepin County—according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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 Hennepin County during this time.