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Burn Ban Issued in Urbana, MO

URBANA, Mo. - The mayor of Urbana has instituted a ban on all open burning in the city in response to concerns over dry conditions and fire risks.
URBANA, Mo. - The mayor of Urbana has instituted a ban on all open burning in the city in response to concerns over dry conditions and fire risks.

“We had two or three fires on Saturday, mostly over near (Highway) 65,” said Mayor Stephen Dyson. “And there was one over on the other side of Tunas, too.”
“The woods out here is as dry as popcorn,” Dyson said.

Dyson tells KOLR10 News he made a proclamation on Monday after he was told by the local fire department that there was a red flag warning issued in the area because of dry conditions and high winds.

The ban in Urbana is the latest in the area.

Capt. Danny Fowler of Monett Fire and Rescue said today that bans also have been instituted in the areas protected by his department as well as Monett Rural Fire Department, Friestatt Farmers Fire Protection District and Pierce City fire departments.

Dry conditions and wind were cited as reasons for those bans, he said.
Although no serious fires have occurred in the past few days, grass fires are picking up and conditions are ripe for hazardous fires. No open burning is allowed under the bans, Fowler said.
“If we get a call that someone is burning, we’ll go put it out.”



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