Open burn season brings increased fire danger

1 year 3 months 4 weeks ago October 31, 2015 Oct 31, 2015 Saturday, October 31 2015 Saturday, October 31, 2015 4:38:00 PM CDT in News
By: Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Despite cooler temperatures, there is still a risk for fires with mid-Missouri's unseasonably dry conditions.

The open burn season in Jefferson City starts Nov. 1 and runs through March 1, 2016. Residents will be allowed to dispose of yard waste, such as leaves and trimmings, by burning it in small fires during daylight hours.

"The problem with it being unseasonably dry for a lengthy period of time is that some of the fields are very dried out," said Capt. Charles Skornia of the Jefferson City Fire Department. "It takes a lot of rain to actually moisten them up again."

The National Integrated Drought Information System places most of mid-Missouri in the category of a moderate drought. Because of the drought, Skornia urged residents to burn with extra caution. He said people have gotten severely injured as a result of burning yard waste in their backyards. However, it's not only the fire that can be a danger. Smoke from burning piles can not only bother neighbors, but also settle in the city when there is no wind, adversely affecting the air quality.

"Because those particles of combustion are heavier than air they'll descend into the lower part of the atmosphere. And they'll hang around until they settle out completely or blow away."

The department is asking residents to avoid burning their yard waste on Nov. 7 because of a cross-country meet for those reasons.

 To control injuries from fire and smoke, Skornia said it is important to have a way to quickly douse the fire, something he said some residents sometimes forget. He also said that a hot fire will reduce the amount of smoke emitted.

Jefferson City residents who choose not to burn can bring their yard waste to the compost facility at 2417 Southridge Drive for free. Bill Kirchoff, the compost site manager, said he sees a large increase in the size of the compost piles this time of year.

"In the spring and the fall our intake of yard waste is substantial. In the fall it is so busy."

More information on the open burn policy can be found on the department's website.

More News

Grid
List
HILLSBORO (AP) — An eastern Missouri man has been ordered to spend a quarter century in prison in connection with... More >>
52 minutes ago March 01, 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Wednesday, March 01 2017 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:04:40 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – As Columbia grows, so does the need for clean drinking water. Columbia Water and Light is moving... More >>
4 hours ago March 01, 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Wednesday, March 01 2017 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:46:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri senators have voted against a proposal to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual... More >>
5 hours ago March 01, 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Wednesday, March 01 2017 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 6:49:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City Mayor, Carrie Tergin will designate "March 2017 Disability Awareness Month" on Wednesday morning. The... More >>
9 hours ago March 01, 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Wednesday, March 01 2017 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2:05:00 AM CST in Top Stories
MID-MISSOURI - KOMU received pictures and videos from more than a dozen viewers about storms and hail Tuesday night. Some... More >>
11 hours ago March 01, 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Wednesday, March 01 2017 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:18:00 AM CST in Weather
MISSOURI - Republican lawmakers reacted Tuesday night after President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first... More >>
13 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:44:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - With Greitens now in office, mid-Missouri will likely see the new governor get rid of some business regulations.... More >>
13 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:28:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man died after a stabbing Tuesday night, according to the Jefferson City Police Department.... More >>
14 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for a new 72-bed mental health facility in Columbia. It... More >>
16 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:25:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A traditional educator uses their classroom to help students excel, but is an educator without a classroom any... More >>
17 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:49:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have identified a man killed after his bicycle was struck by a car... More >>
17 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:40:09 PM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man who caused a long standoff with southwest Missouri officers has been sentenced to eight years... More >>
17 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:36:04 PM CST in News
NEVADA (AP) — Cottey College plans to offer four new degree programs beginning this fall as it seeks to increase... More >>
17 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:09:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The city of St. Louis can proceed with a minimum wage increase after the Missouri Supreme... More >>
19 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:13:56 PM CST in News
KINGDOM CITY - The North Callaway R-1 School District is going to a four-day school week. The plan affects... More >>
20 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:41:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – There will be a new subdivision near Battle High School. The Boone County Commissioners voted by a... More >>
20 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:34:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – February is known nationally as Spay and Neuter Month, in an attempt to help control the pet population.... More >>
21 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:27:49 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is looking to the community to help eliminate all traffic deaths and injuries over the next 13... More >>
22 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:49:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
12pm 48°
1pm 49°
2pm 50°
3pm 51°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Chicago Fire
8:00p
Chicago P.D.
9:00p
Chicago Justice
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld