Fire Warning Blazes Through Boone County, Much of Missouri

9 years 4 days 17 hours ago Monday, November 08 2010 Nov 8, 2010 Monday, November 08, 2010 7:25:31 PM CST November 08, 2010 in News

BOONE COUNTY - Fire official urged people Monday to do no outdoor burning while dry, warm conditions persist this week. The National Weather Service issued a "red flag" warning for Boone County and most of the southern half of the state that ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The service may issue more warnings this week.

Midway Expo Center hosts sorority and fraternity events in the fall, specifically ones that feature large bonfires. While the Boone County Fire Protection District would prefer everyone complies with the burning restrictions, officials there said they have no enforcement provision to force compliance. District officials said the fire risk is somewhat diminished for the bonfires at Midway because they happen late at night when the risk of wildfires spreading isn't as high. A Midway worker said the fire pits there are deep and professionally-built and minimize the risk fire will spread.

Missouri has experienced a very dry November so far. The Boone County Fire Protection District said higher temperatures, stronger winds, and low humidity have contributed to making Boone County ideal for wildfires.

The National Weather Service predicts thunderstorms Thursday and Friday, which will probably end the fire warning.

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