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BOONE COUNTY - A 10-acre fire threatened several homes just outside of Columbia Sunday.

The fire was near the Route Z exit off Interstate 70. Boone County Fire Protection District said no one was hurt and reported no building damage.

Boone County Fire Chief Scott Olsen said the fire burned through a part of the woods only accessible through private properties and backyards. He said he believes the fire started from a burn pile, but the cause was still under investigation.

"We'd like to caution everybody at this point and time to watch their outdoor burning," Olsen said.

He said burn piles are dangerous at this time of the year because of dry and windy weather.