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Fire officials warn against controlled burns

Germantown Drive structure fire
Firefighters battle a fire in a residential structure on Germantown Drive in Columbia.


The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to 11 natural cover fires on Saturday, prompting a warning to county residents.

The National Weather Service also put out an alert warning residents of very high fire danger on Sunday.

Boone County Fire is advising residents to use extreme caution if you do have to burn.

Just after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters began battling multiple fires across Boone County threatening several homes and outbuildings.

Firefighters were able to get all fires under control with only minor damage to one porch.

Boone County Fire is reminding residents that during Natural Cover Fire season, controlled burns can quickly get out of hand and spread rapidly.

The Fire Department advised residents to never burn when winds are greater than five miles per hour and to never leave a fire unattended.

13 fire engines, six tankers and 11 brush trucks responded from 14 stations with more than 50 firefighters to extinguish them.

No injuries were reported as a result of any of Saturday's fires.

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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.


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