COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department will issue no burn permits due to dry weather that is creating an increased threat of brush fires.
Open burning is legal within city limits only with a permit. Brad Fraizer of the Columbia Fire Department said the department typically issues one to two burn permits daily.
Open burning is primarily a method of yard-waste disposal. Recreational fires including barbecues and outdoor fireplaces are still allowed, but Fraizer urged residents to be aware of the weather conditions.
The Boone County Fire Protection District also is discouraging open burning and the use of fireworks.
Fraizer said it's possible the Fire in the Sky fireworks show planned for the Fourth of July could be cancelled if the dry weather continues and if winds are high that day.
Columbia has seen 1.64 inches of rain so far in June, according to data from the Sanborn Field Weather Station at MU. The Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database has archives of Sanborn Field weather reports from the last 12 years. Last year from June 1 to June 26, Columbia received only 1.19 inches of rain. That was the second-lowest amount of rainfall during that time frame. However, over the last 12 years Columbia has averaged 5.08 inches of rain during the month of June.