(Farmington) Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is urging Missourians to avoid outside burning.
Bean says a lack of significant rainfall, low humidity values, dry fuels, gusty winds and warm temperatures could cause even small outdoor fires to get out of control and spready rapidly.
Mark Twain National Forest Ranger Becky Ewing agrees with the fire marshal.
According to the U.S.D.A’s Drought Monitor map of Missouri, parts of five counties in southwest Missouri are already under extreme drought conditions.
Here in the Regional Radio listening area, all of Crawford, Dent, Jefferson, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Perry counties have the abnormally dry designation.
Also, the northern halves of Bollinger, Iron, Madison, Reynolds and Shannon counties are also abnormally dry right now.