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Governor and fire officials warn Missourians

November 9, 1999
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

This fall's unseasonably hot and dry weather has led to a dramatic increase in brush fires across the state. Aaron Cummins has that story form Jefferson City--

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State Fire Marshall Bill Farr says his office has been swamped with calls from fire departments fighting brush fires throughout Missouri.

He says the main cause of the fires is the hot, dry weather and careless burning.

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Contents: State Fire Marshall Bill Farr says even a small fire can turn into a dangerous one if the winds pick up.

The Fire Safety Division and Governor Carnahan are urging Missourians not to do any open burning until it rains or the weather gets colder. From the capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.

Missouri's Fire Safety Division says this year's dry weather has made open burning very dangerous. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Brush fires are occurring much more often across the state this fall.

That's because the hot, dry weather often leads to a small fire becoming a big one.

According to State Fire Marshall Bill Farr, that's why both the division and the governor have asked Missourians not to do any burning.

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Contents: Bill Farr says the division issued a voluntary burn ban in response to a rash of fires happening across the state.

Farr asks that people don't burn their leaves until it rains or the weather cools down. From the capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.

Fire officials and the governor have issued a warning to Missourians about open burning. Aaron Cummins has that story from Jefferson City--

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The Missouri Fire Safety Division and Governor Carnahan are urging people to wait until the weather changes before doing any open burning.

State Fire Marshall Bill Farr says more brush fires than normal are being reported.

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Contents: Farr says the office has received many calls from fire departments who have had to fight fires caused by careless burning.

Farr says a gust of wind can turn a small fire into a big problem because of the dry weather. From the state capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.

This fall's dry weather and a rash of brush fires has led fire officials and the governor to issue a warning to Missourians. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The Fire Safety Division and Governor Carnahan have urged people not to burn because the current weather conditions are favorable for fires.

State Fire Marshall Bill Farr says he hopes people decide not to burn their leaves.

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Contents: Farr says with the warm weather people will be out raking leaves, but he hopes people decide to bag the leaves or wait until the weather changes before they burn them.

Farr says more brush fires than normal are being reported and some buildings have even been damaged. From the state capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.