Jerry Nachtigal, spokesman for Carnahan says the governor isn't sure if he has the authority to put in place a ban that would outlaw open fires. Carnahan however supports a voluntary ban and has urged Missourians not to conduct any open burnings until weather conditions change.
If fires continue at a present rate, such a ban may be implemented, says Missouri Fire Marshall Bill Farr. For now it has been left to the individual counties to decide if they want to impose such a ban.
Farr warns that those who are irresponsible with fire may have to pay steep consequences.
Missouri's fire marshall asks Mel Carnahan to ban open fires on the heels of a recent rash of statewide fires. Sakina Dewji has the story from Jefferson City.
As Missouri enjoys a mild November, citizens have been confronted with an unusual problem, fires. The warm tempreratures combined with a lack of moisture have caused an estimated 123 fires in Missouri over the last 10 days.
In a letter to the governor, Missouri Fire Marshall Bill Farr, requested a ban on open fires in Missouri until the current conditions change.
Jerry Nachtigal, a spokesman for the governor, says that the governor supports the wishes of the Fire Marshall, yet does not know if he has the authority to place a ban on open fires.
Nachtigal added that the governor's legal team is currently exploring that possibility. From Jefferson City, this is Sakina Dewji.