A burn ban has been issued jointly by fire chiefs for the City of Monett, the Monett Rural Fire Association, Pierce City, the Pierce City Rural Fire Association and Freistatt. Separate burn bands were also issued by Mike Redshaw, chief for the Purdy Fire District, and Tony Hinkle, Verona fire chief.
"With the way temperatures are looking and no chance for rain, the chiefs decided to issue burn bans," said Monett Fire Chief Tom Jones.
The ban covers burning of any kind. Jones said most fires spreading under very dry and hot conditions start from people burning trash. Embers easily spread even from confined fires and can quickly get out of control.
"Fires have potential to get into grass no matter where they are," Jones said. "The ban will stay in effect until further notice, or until we get ample moisture, which is not looking to be any time soon."
Weather forecasters are calling for temperatures around or over 100 at the end of the week.
The approach of the July 4th holiday raised additional concern over the spread of fire due to fireworks. Purdy Mayor Mike Dutra has restricted fireworks from being used in Purdy from all next week, as the city council previously decided, to only on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jones said Monett firemen will be on hand at South Park in case of any complications due to fireworks.
"If you're going to use fireworks," Jones said, "be extremely careful. Have buckets of water, wet rags or a garden hose nearby, just in case."