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High Fire Danger Risk Today in Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service is warning of elevated to significant fire weather conditions today.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service has warning of  elevated to locally significant fire weather conditions today.

Dry conditions combined with wind and low humidity is raising the risk of grass and pasture fires in southwest Missouri today.

Counties with this risk include:
Benton-Morgan-Miller-Maries-Vernon-St. Clair-Hickory-Camden-Pulaski-Phelps-Barton-Cedar-Polk-Dallas-Laclede-Texas-Dent-Jasper-Dade-Greene-Webster-Wright-Newton-Lawrence-Christian-Douglas-Howell-Shannon-McDonald-Barry-Stone-Taney-Ozark-Oregon

The combination of low relative humidity and gusty south winds will result in elevated to locally significant fire weather conditions today. Fire danger will be greatest in areas with dried field grasses...including grasslands and pasture areas. Abundant leaf litter will also contribute to the fire danger.

Fires that are started in these conditions will grow and spread rapidly...Quickly becoming very difficult to control.  Open burning should be done with extreme caution, if not postponed entirely. 

Always check with local authorities before beginning an open burn.


(information provided by National Weather Service, Springfield, MO)

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