WARNING: Heartland fire departments issue burn bans due to high winds

High wind and fire danger in the Heartland

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Strong and dangerous winds in the forecast for the Heartland this week have prompted a couple of cities to issue burn bans.

Fire Marshall Brian Shaffer of Cape Girardeau, Mo. said any time winds gust over 25 miles per hour and sustained winds greater than 15 miles per hour, a small fire can spread out of control.

He said certain things are not allowed to be burned when a ban is in place.

“Your not allowed to burn trash, lumber, or anything like that only vegetation and that’s small vegetation, very small branches, leaves, grass. We ask for more than a 5 feet by 5-feet pile anything bigger than that like a 10 feet by 10 feet will have to have burn permit issued that day,” said Shaffer.

Communities under a burn ban:

  • Horseshoe Lake Fire Department has issued a burn ban from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 until 6 p.m. Friday, March 15.
  • The Parma, Missouri Fire Department has issued a burn ban on Wednesday, March 13 until further notice.
  • The City of Zeigler Fire Department issued a no burning order starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 and lasting until 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15.
  • The City of West Frankfot, Denning and Frankfort Townships will be under a burn ban from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15.
  • The village of Carrier Mills (Saline County, Ill.) will be under a burn ban from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 through 8 a.m. Friday, March 15.
  • Hurst Fire Rescue issued a burn ban starting Wednesday, March 13 through Friday, March 15.
  • Pinckneyville Fire Department is asking residents to refrain from burning of any kind.
  • March 13 is a no burn day in Cape Girardeau, according to the city’s website.
  • Pemiscot County, Mo. is under a burn ban through March 15 according to Emergency Management.
  • The Royalton Fire Department is issuing a no burn order from Wednesday March 13 until Friday March 15 at midnight for Royalton residents.

Heartland News will let you know if there are other cities who declare burn bans as we prepare for these strong winds.

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