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Drought kills many trees

November 4, 1999
By: Stacy Covitz
State Capital Bureau

Officials say the fall drought has caused an increased number of tree fires in Missouri. Stacy Covitz has the story from Jefferson City.

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More trees have been dying in Missouri this fall than usual. Missouri Department of Conservation spokesman Susan Burkes says this is because trees have been catching fire due to Missouri's unusual second dry season.

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Contents: WE'RE IN A SECOND DRY SEASON WHICH IS RARE. THE RISK OF FIRE IS EXTREMELY HIGH BECAUSE OF HOW DRY EVERYTHING IS. EVEN THE LEAVES ON THE TREES ARE DRY ENOUGH TO BURN.

Burkes says most of the dying trees are in urban neighborhoods. She says people should water their trees monthly as long as the temperature is above freezing. From the state capitol, I'm Stacy Covitz.Date:11/4/99


Officials say this fall's drought has been killing more trees than usual. Stacy Covitz has the story from Jefferson City.

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Fires caused by the drought have been killing an increased number of trees this year.

Missouri Department of Conservation spokesman Susan Burkes says the drought has also made older trees more prone to disease.

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Contents: The drought has made older trees more stressed. This causes them to die from secondary insects and diseases because they don't have the energy reserves to protect themselves.

Burkes says Missouri is entering a second fire season, which also has contributed to the growing number of trees killed. From the state capitol, I'm Stacy Covitz.