Brush fire near Mother Nature’s Crack in Newton County, Mo.; No burn ban in place

Just this morning Newton County Commission released details that there is no county-wide burn ban in place.
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Joplin Firefighter battles brush fire spreading into trees along Castle Drive in Newton County, Mo., July 25, 2022.

JOPLIN, Mo. – About 6:04 p.m. reports of smoke and fire along I-44 below the twin bridges over Shoal Creek alerted Joplin Dispatch.  We observed smoke on the MoDOT  Travelers App near 6 mile marker to the west of Kum and Go at 5002 S Main in Joplin.

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Screenshot of MoDOT Travelers App, 6 mile marker smoke coming over the interstate, only visible in the corner. Camera was not pointed towards main focus of smoke and fire. Kum and Go is the center of the image at 5002 South Main.

Joplin Fire responded with support from Redings Mill Fire, Carl Junction Fire and Duenweg Fire.  At one time reports were 6 brush trucks were working along Castle Drive where the fire jumped the roadway moving east towards Shoal Creek.

There were no structures threatened or burned.

Just today Newton County Commissioners released a statement regarding a Burn Ban in the county.  “There is not a countywide burn ban at this time. This notice from the Newton County Commission provides more information. Conditions are subject to change. In the event a countywide ban is put in place, or within one of these fire districts, we will share it here.” – Newton County Central Dispatch.

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Release of information from Newton County Commission.

The fire still was burning some trees, “30-feet tall still on fire,” according to Joplin Fire however the fire was contained and under control at 7:07 p.m.

It is unknown at this time how the fire began.

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