Summer Fire Safety

The percentage of the state of Missouri experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions has jumped from 33 percent to 79 percent, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 5. The severe lack of rain, extremely hot temperatures and low relative humidity levels have heightened wildfire danger across Missouri. Several wildfires have each burned several hundred acres in Missouri in 2012.

Given current drought conditions and forecasts for more extreme heat, it’s important to observe fire bans that are in place in many Missouri counties and communities, and be careful with potential fire hazards across the state.

Residential Grill Fire Facts

  • An estimated 5,700 grill fires occur on residential properties each year in the United States.
  • Thirty-two percent of grill fires on residential properties start on patios, terraces, screened-in porches, or courtyards.

What You Can Do