The National Weather Service office of St. Louis has issued a warning regarding elevated fire danger due to the recent dry spell affecting the area. The warning covers portions of East Central Missouri and Southwest Illinois including Madison County. The elevated fire danger is due to the combination of dry vegetation, relative humidity of 20 to 30 percent and Southwest winds of 10-15 miles per hour.
Local municipalities are encouraging residents to not burn yard waste today. If they must burn they are asked to use extreme caution. Many local fire departments were battling brush fires as of Friday afternoon.
“People think that because of all the snow that we have had the ground is still saturated,” said Larry Ringering, Director of Madison County Emergency Management Agency. “That’s just not the case. The ground is very dry right now which makes burning yard waste very dangerous.”
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency identifies hazards and vulnerabilities within the corporate limits of Madison County and provides coordination to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from all natural and manmade emergencies and disasters regardless of size, or complexity. This Agency will take appropriate action in accordance with established Emergency Operational Plans to mitigate any harm to the citizens or property in Madison County.