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Fire Danger

National Weather Service issues statement about elevated fire danger. 

Following two fires this week, CCFR encourages residents to avoid open burning.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement today regarding an elevated fire danger in the St. Peters area. The statement was issued because the combination of dry vegetation, low humidity and strong winds poses a threat for rapidly spreading fires. There were two fires in the CCFR service area this week caused by these conditions, combined with smoking materials that were improperly disposed of. 

“This statement emphasizes the importance of avoiding open burning, and properly disposing of cigarettes and other ashes during these weather conditions,” said CCFR Chief Russ Mason.

CCFR recommends disposing of smoking materials and ashes in a metal canister that is at least six feet away from the home. Grills and fire pits should also be at least six-feet away from the house, yard waste or deck railings.

“It is also important to remember that charcoal and fireplace ashes can ignite lightweight combustible material more then 24 hours after the fire has gone out,” says Mason.