Missouri rated greatest fire risk in the nation

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The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska has rated Missouri’s fire risk as the greatest in the nation.

In response, Missouri state Fire Marshal Randy Cole said residents should not be burn anything out of doors until the weather changes.

Firefighters from seven Missouri fire departments battled a large wildfire in southwest Missouri on Tuesday.  A nearly mile wide blaze that began in a tree line near Monett. The blaze threatened several structures, but area resident joined in with buckets and fire hoses to keep their homes safe.

In just over six hours, the fire burned about seven acres. Fire investigators say a spark from a welder’s torch started the blaze. Firefighters had it under control after about six hours.