Although recent rain gave firefighters in the lake area a little bit of a break, the spring natural cover fire season is expected to flare up again this week. Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock says two of the bigger fires his district battled, one of 89 acres and another covering 15 acres, were not accidental
Hancock goes on to say there are several factors that fire districts use to determine if any given day will be favorable for safe burning
In general, days with forecasted winds over 10 miles-per-hour and relative humidity under 40 percent will not be favorable to safe open burning. The Gravois fire district responded to eight natural cover fires last week alone. That included four in one day on March 27th. The first fire call that day came at 8:14 in the morning, with the last, and biggest, one coming just before 8:30 that night. All told, the fires totaled over 100 acres burned.