McBaine burr oak struck by lightning

The Boone County Fire District worked this morning to put out the smoldering remains of a lightning strike in the county’s famous state champion burr oak tree.

According to a twitter tweet from the department, crews were still on the scene near McBaine after ten this morning. A spokesman for the Boone County Fire District tells KMIZ TV that the tree was struck about 9 oh clock this morning. Firefighters arrived a short time later and found the tree smoldering.

The tree which is 74-feet tall and more than 24-feet in circumference is estimated by the national Parks Service to be more than 400 years old. It has survived multiple lightning strikes, fires and floods in its life time. It is the largest tree of its species in Missouri.