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Published April 09, 2014, 09:27 PM

With warm temperatures on the rise, the dry weather and winds can increase chance of fire

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - And that bridge fire could have spread more quickly, and been much worse, if it happened today.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - And that bridge fire could have spread more quickly, and been much worse, if it happened today.

Parts of North Dakota and Minnesota are under a "red flag warning."

With the first 70 plus degree day since October 10th, people weren't hesitating to get outside and tend to their lawns.

Gary Wendt/Oakport Township: "it's so nice out I figured i'd get this done"

But the dryness and higher winds in the rural areas are raising the chances for fire, like the one that spread in the Glyndon-Hawley area Saturday, setting this bridge ablaze.

"when it's dry they can start quickly and spread to a wide area"

Fire officials are urging residents to avoid burning leaves and branches at all cost. One way to do that. Bring them here.

Both Moorhead and Fargo offer dumpsites for grass and leaves, as well as curb side services to save you some trouble.

"just go over there and dump it, and they got a guy there and put her in a pile"

Officials say if you must burn your leaves though, wait till winds are lower and grass is greener.

If you have the misfortune of starting a fire, call for help sooner than later

Jeff Wallin/Asst. Chief, Moorhead Fire Dept: "if you cant put out the fire yourself within 30-seconds to a minute, call 911"

Permits are required to openly burn leaves in both Moorhead and Fargo.

You can get a permit from Fargo's Environmental Health Department, or the Fire Department Annex in Moorhead.

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