Firefighters Encourage Burn Permits
When you think about the Lake of the Ozarks, you don't think about lack of water.
Camden County residents use the lake for recreation, of course. But, this spring, some of them are also using water to douse fires ranging from one acre to more than 900 acres.
"Last year, we ran around 200 natural cover fires. This year, we're already at 120. We are up for this time of the year," said Chris Bachman of the Mid-County Fire Protection District. "They're really starting from a number of things, whether it's an accidental fire, or it's a fire that someone is trying to do a controlled burn and maybe they shouldn't have been burning on that day."
Firefighters recommended burning only if the wind is under 10 miles an hour, and if humidity is above 35%. They also said you should burn only during the day, with a fire line at least 3 feet wide around the area.
"The fire started at the end of this road and worked its way up to about where I'm standing," Bachman said. "It covered a total of 60 acres, which is equivalent to a subdivision with 150 homes."
Luckily, the fires have hurt no one so far.
"If it goes unnoticed, it can get to houses," explained Lianne Stone of the fire protection district. "And it's also endangering the lives of our guys who go out there and try to fight it."
Call the fire district at 573-346-2049 before you burn to provide this information: day of burn, burn location, description of materials, plus your name and phone number.
And, remember: burn only during daylight; burn tree limbs and other vegetation only if they're at least 200 yards from the nearest inhabited dwelling; don't burn waste from a business, construction, demolition or trade; contractors and businesses must have a Department of Natural Resources permit.