Red-flag warning issued, higher chances of fire

Sunday, November 7, 2010 | 4:20 p.m. CST; updated 11:38 a.m. CST, Monday, November 8, 2010

COLUMBIA — A red-flag warning has been issued for Boone County. The warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

A red-flag warning indicates a high probability that a fire may occur after drought conditions, when humidity is very low and during high winds.

“It’s been pretty dry lately, so the grass and ground debris is dry,” said Ben Miller, a meteorologist for the U.S. National Weather Service in St. Louis. “It’s a condition where we think wildfires can get out of hand if unattended.”

Miller said red-flag warnings are more common in rural areas due to the higher natural debris and grass there.

In light of the warning, the Boone County Fire Protection District has urged restraint in burning.


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