It has been a little while since we've had significant rain or snow to help keep the ground moist. The last few days we've unseasonably high temperatures and some good wind. The National Weather Service predicts we have a small chance at some sprinkles on Tuesday, but we need to be cautious of any burning, especially this afternoon (Jan. 18).

Dry weather combined with unseasonably warm temperatures and breezy southwesterly winds will allow for the potential of rapid fire growth this afternoon through parts of Central Missouri, according to the National Weather Service. They say by early evening, weaker winds combined with an increase in relative humidity will lessen the threat for quick fire growth and spread.

The Cooper County EMA issued this NIXLE statement

Outdoor burning is highly discouraged in Cooper County today due to gusting winds and low humidity.


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