Brush fire concerns this fall

(Jefferson County) With the exception of the past two days, the fall has been extremely dry across portions of eastern Missouri.

With the area being overall dry mixed in with warmer days here and there and windy conditions, fire agencies across the region are monitoring the threat of brush fires.

Hillsboro Fire Protection District Chief Brian Gaudet says the heightened time for brush fires runs from mid October through early December and again from late February through mid April.

Chief Gaudet adds he is concerned about possible brush fires as we continue into the fall months.

The National Fire Protection Association reports, across the U.S., wildfires have burned over 59 million acres in the past decade.

While Missouri is not known for the large wildland fires that regularly affect some western states, dry conditions, low humidity and strong winds can often combine to create dangerous brush and wildland fires.