Local Fire Departments warn residents to avoid burning with gusty winds


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Local Fire Departments are warning residents about an elevated fire danger Wednesday.

The warm temperatures, low humidity levels, and gusty winds are all the ingredients needed for elevated fire danger.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Greene County and counties west of Highway 65. A Red Flad Warning has also been issued due to the elevated fire danger risk.

Burning trash and yard waste as well as discarding cigarette butts is not encouraged.

The Logan-Rogersville Fire Chief said someone intentionally set 11 fires on Sunday in Christian County just south of Rogersville. 

The fires didn’t spread too far but he added if the conditions were like they are Wednesday, it could have quickly gotten out of hand.

He also said the fire season started later this year, usually, they’re pretty active with wildfires in January and February.

The chief says if you’ve burned even a couple of days ago, it’s a good idea to check that area because ashes from larger fires can still hold heat and get stirred up quickly.

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