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Feb. 29, 2024Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

MDC warns residents about fire risks


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is issuing a warning about the heightened risk of wildfires due to dry conditions and strong winds across the state.

The combination of dry weather and warm temperatures increases the likelihood of wildfires spreading rapidly.

Areas in southern Missouri have already experienced an uptick in wildfire activity, prompting collaborative efforts between MDC staff, other agencies, and local fire departments to contain the blazes.

To prevent wildfires, the MDC says you should avoid outdoor burning during dry, windy conditions, be cautious when driving off-road to prevent sparks, and practice safe campfire procedures.

Additionally, the MDC urges the public to report any signs of wildfires or potential arson activities to 911 or the designated hotline for forest arson.

While wildfires pose significant risks, the MDC emphasizes the importance of prescribed burns as a tool for land management.