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Fire Danger High Today In Much Of Missouri, Especially In The Southwest Part Of The State

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The Missouri state fire marshal is asking people to refrain from burning anything outdoors.  The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 14.

Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence and Stone Counties are currently experiencing extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  And state fire marshal, Tim Bean, said the drought conditions, along with windy conditions Wednesday could cause even a small outdoor fire to get of control and spread rapidly.  He said that could result in property damage and injury.

Bean also warned Missourians not to throw lit cigarettes on the ground or out car windows and always check for local burn bans or restrictions before doing any open burning.