Saturday 24th October 2020

The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from tomorrow (Sat) morning through tomorrow (Sat) evening.

In addition, Saline County Emergency Management Director, Tony Day says a Burn Advisory is being issued for Saline County.

Strong southwest winds and even higher gusts, low relative humidity, warmer temperatures, and areas of drier vegetation will combine to promote elevated fire weather concerns across portions of central Missouri. The National Weather Service is calling for sustained 20-25 MPH winds with gusts of 35-40 MPH out of the southwest and a relative humidity of 25 percent or lower.

In Sedalia, Fire Chief Greg Hall has issued a statement that due to the dry weather combined with high winds the Sedalia Fire Department will not be issuing any burn permits until further notice. Also with the conditions as they are, the department will be issuing citations for calls to open burning. They ask that people with burn permits not use them until conditions improve, especially high winds.  If damages occur from a fire on your property you are responsible for those damages. The Sedalia Fire Department is asking that people use common sense.

In the KMMO listening area the Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Cooper, Pettis, Howard, Saline, Linn, Chariton and Johnson counties.