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July 11, 2018GENTRY COUNTY, Mo. |  By: John Coffey

Gentry County issues voluntary burn ban

Dry conditions in the region have government officials recommending residents take action to help prevent fires from breaking out.

Jim Boothe, the Gentry County Emergency Management Director, says even a small fire could become unmanageable very quickly with the lack of rainfall throughout the region.

"County commissioners, myself and the fire chiefs in the county have got together and decided to ask people to voluntarily not burn outside right now," Boothe said. "The conditions are just right with no precipitation over the last several weeks here, that if a fire began it could get out of hand very quickly. And we're just doing that kind of as a preventative measure."

Boothe adds that a chance of rain this weekend could help alleviate potential problems from the dry conditions.

Meanwhile, Livingston County has been placed under a burn ban that is not voluntary. The ban will be in effect until further notice with no outdoor burning of any kind allowed.