The State Fire Marshal urges Missourians to refrain from outdoor burning until drought conditions improve.
State Fire Marshal Tim Bean made the announcement on Tuesday, saying a combination of little rain, low humidity, and gusty temperatures have created conditions that could cause even a small fire to quickly get out of control. Bean recommends you delay any burning until further notice.
Bean also reminds Missourians to never throw lit cigarettes out of your vehicle. And he suggests you check for local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning.
Currently, five counties in southwest Missouri are experiencing extreme drought conditions. But Bean says the announcement to delay outdoor burning applies to the entire state.