Firefighters working though extreme outdoor heat

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's hot enough outside to affect your health and it's even worse if you're a firefighter wearing several pounds of gear and protective clothing.

In Cape Girardeau, like many communities, a burn ban took effect this week.

Cape Girardeau Fireman Jason Poole put out an intentional fire less than two hours after the burn ban started on Wednesday.

"If I do get hot, I have the rest of a 24-hour shift to go," says Poole. "So, in order to keep myself cool and be ready for anything to happen, I only wear one piece. It was a simple trash fire, so I didn't need the full turnout gear at this time.

One of our photographers scanned the fireman's suit and it was 94-degrees. And that was with him only being outside for a little while.

We're constantly updating the list of communities under no-burn orders.

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