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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Between the Joplin tornado, flooding along the Missouri River and the drought of 2012, the Show Me State has had its share of disasters over the last couple of years.

And since this summer’s already seen devastating fires in Colorado and California, Governor Jay Nixon is concerned Missouri may be next.

“As you move to the fall, the chance of fire’s going to increase,” Nixon told reporters this morning. “When the leaves turn brown, they’re easier to burn.”

Of course, firefighters have already had to battle a series of large blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest this summer.

Nixon said efforts to alleviate suffering caused by this drought are ongoing.

“We fought [for] and received the disaster declaration from USDA, got all 114 counties and the city of St. Louis declared both because of the drought and the heat,” Nixon said.

The toll from the drought and heat wave in Missouri thus far is 34 deaths, more than 1,000 emergency room visits, and dozens of wildfires.

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