The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning for wind and low relative humidity which is in effect from noon today until 5 PM CST this afternoon.
Beaufort, Mo. - Extreme dry conditions combined with wind speeds steady at 20 mph and gusting up to 40 and 50 mph did not prevent one individual from lighting a small fire earlier this afternoon, which lead to Beaufort/Leslie Fire crews having to respond after the fire quickly began to spread.
Residents have continued to ignore warnings about burning, particularly with gusty winds over the past week, keeping volunteer fire departments busy across Franklin County. (Full story below. We also spoke with Franklin County on the number of brush fire just in the past week.)