Fire Officials: don’t burn, grass fires ignite across the 4-States

JOPLIN, Mo. – Despite scattered storms in the 4-States areas, many areas remain dry with a greater risk of grass fires.

Local fire departments have done their best to keep up with many fires in the area despite the intense heat and burn bans.

“What I can tell you right now is we are responding to several grass fires a day, and with the conditions that we are experiencing, with the drought, we are having to help our neighbors and they are having to help us on almost all of those fires, so it becomes a team approach at this point,” Deputy Chief of Redings Mill Fire Protection District Ronnie Metcalf stated.

Officials advise residents to avoid burning even when it cools down or rains in the next few days.

To learn more about burn bans in the area, click here.