Grass fire in Boone County burns more than half an acre of land
BOONE COUNTY - A grass fire in Boone County Saturday afternoon left more than half an acre of land burned.
Gale Blomenkamp, assistant chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District, said just after 1 p.m. Saturday the firefighters were dispatched to a natural cover fire.
The fire did not injure anyone, according to fire officials.
Blomenkamp said the fire was reported as threatening two houses on Turkey Trail Drive, which is off New Haven Road.
"Apparently, it was a controled burn that got out of control," Blomenkamp said. "So they were burning a brush pile initially, and with the wind conditions that we have today and the dry fuels that we have, it doesn't take a lot for these fires to get out of control."
Blomenkamp said natural cover fire season has started in the area.
"As long as we have no snow cover, we're going to be facing these type of fires from now until April," Blomenkamp said.
He said Boone County firefighters encourage mid-Missourians to be careful when burning things outside on windy days.
"Grasses are very dry," he said. "Weeds are very dry at this time of year, and whenever we have changing winds like today - a nice sunny day - people have a tendency to get out and do open burning."
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