Red Flag Alert Means Increased Fire Threat

Allison Blood

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Yesterday’s outbreak of brush fires in northeast Missouri came as little surprise to officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

They’ve issued a Red Flag Alert for most of Missouri for today, meaning low humidity combined with unseasonably warm temperatures and high winds create the perfect mix for a small spark to turn into a raging inferno.

“When relative humidity gets down as low as it’s been here lately, in the mid-teens, cigarettes do have the ability to start fires,” explains Ben Webster, the MDC’s Fire Program Supervisor.

There is rain in the forecast for late tonight, followed by cooler temperatures tomorrow, which should end the conditions that have led to the issuance of the Red Flag Alert.

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