Warm Weather Sparks Brush Fires

9 years 10 months 1 day ago November 26, 2006 Nov 26, 2006 Sunday, November 26 2006 Sunday, November 26, 2006 9:48:32 PM CST in News

"Yeah, it's pretty weird," said Richard Penrose of Columbia. Weird or not.

It gave Richard Penrose a chance to get out and play ball with his son.

"We're trying to take advantage of it," said Pensrose.

But the advantages of this warm weather come with disadvantages.

"With warmer conditions you get a lower humidity," said Gale Bloomekamp, Boone County Fire. And that means a drier winter than normal, and drier fuels for brush fires.

"It tends to allow them to burn more easily and more readily," said Bloomekamp.

Boone County fire also says the leaves fell early this year, making more fuel for fire.

It fought ten of them over the weekend. "It's unusual to have 10 of them over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend," said Bloomekamp.

So the protection district says to make a clearing around those controlled burns, make sure the wind is calm, and keep watch over your fire until it's done burning.

And enjoy the weather while you're at it. "And do stuff outside instead of being cooped up inside all day," said Penrose.

Because it isn't often 'outside' feels this good the last weekend in November.

Boone County fire says it fights the most brush fires in March, when there can be up to 80 or 90 just within the month.

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