Drought Heats up Wildfire Season

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
AP-MO--MissouriDrought 03-01 0151 AP-MO--Missouri Drought Drought in Missouri means early start to wildfire season ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Weather forecasters say the ongoing drought in Missouri is bringing an early start to the spring wildfire season. Rainfall across the state has been six inches below normal over the last six months. Warm temperatures and low humidity in recent days have increased the risk of wildfire. Meteorologist Gary Schmocker is with the National Weather Service in St. Charles. He says the weather service is telling people to curtail open burning and take extra care with fires. He says dry conditions and strong winds could spread a fire. Even if Missouri gets normal rainfall in the historically wetter months of May and June, Schmocker says it may not be enough to substantially improve soil conditions. (KWMU-Kevin Lavery) (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-03-01-06 1050EST

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