High Winds and Low Humidity Adding to Brush Fires
BOONE COUNTY - A natural fire spread across nearly 200 acres in Sturgeon around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Boone County Fire Captain Erik Cranmer said the fire took two hours to put out. There were no injuries and no damages. Cranmer said the fire most likely started as controlled burn.
Jefferson City Interim Fire Chief Jason Turner encouraged residents not to burn anything Tuesday. Jefferson City had eight natural fires Monday in four hours and another Tuesday.
"I think residents took the warning very serious yesterday and didn't burn today," Turner said. "It's business as usual for us and it's just a precautionary measure we take when we see the weather conditions like this."
Turner said high winds and low humidity are the perfect equation for natural fires.
Boone County Battalion Fire Chief Gale Blomenkamp said otherwise.
"This is nothing uncommon, we see this all the time. The temperatures in the mid-80s, winds were really light today, probably five miles or less and the humidity is a little dry, but nothing out of the ordinary, so we didn't see any red flag," Blomenkamp said.
Open burn season ends March 15 for Jefferson City. Both fire chiefs encourage people to have some water near by when burning and never leave a controlled burn unintended.