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Current burn bans in the Heartland

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
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Dry conditions in the Heartland have prompted several cities and counties to issue burn bans.


  • Cape Girardeau County: Due to the combination of temperature, low humidity, dry ground covering, and the possibility of increasing winds, the Cape Girardeau County Commission issued a "no burn advisory" for Cape Girardeau County on Nov. 28. As of December 5 that advisory is still in effect. All county residents are advised to postpone open outdoor burning until the fire danger decreases. If you are driving or working outdoors, be extremely careful to discard smoking materials. The grass along the highways is very dry and could easily ignite. Campers and hunters should be extremely careful.
  • Clarkton: The city of Clarkton, Missouri is under a no burn order until further notice. Anyone caught burning is subject to a fine plus court cost, according to Assistant Fire Chief Richard Blagg.
  • Holcomb: The Holcomb Fire Dept. has issued a burn ban until further notice. Anyone caught burning will be issued a citation according to Fire Chief Colleen Thompson. Contact authorities if you see anyone burning.
  • Madison County: A burn ban advisory was issued for Madison County, Missouri. Cherokee Pass Fire Chief Bill Starkey advises Madison County residents to not burn until further notice due to dry conditions and dry vegetation. Starkey said dry, windy conditions plus debris with undergrowth from the 2009 derecho has caused extreme concern for fire.
  • Puxico: A burn ban has been issued for the town of Puxico. Fire Chief Stacy Starnes advises residents not to burn until further notice.
  • Ripley County: The County Commission issued a no open burning order on Nov. 28.
  • Scott City: A burn ban is in place until further notice. That order was issued on Dec. 13.


  • Horseshoe Lake: According to Michael Honey with Horseshoe Lake  Fire Department, a burn ban has been issued for the Horseshoe Lake Fire Protection District in Alexander County, Il due to the lack of rainfall and windy conditions. It will remain in effect until further notice. No burning any kind will be permitted.
  • Tamms: The Village of Tamms, Township of Elco, & Sandusky are all under a burn ban as of Dec. 12 by the order of Tamms Fire/Rescue.

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