wildfires http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/smoke-distant-wildfires-poses-health-risk-illinois-and-missouri-residents <p>A new <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">report </a>released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council warns that smoke from wildfires poses health risks to people living far from the actual blaze.</p><p>The study used data from 2011, an especially bad year for wildfires in the US, to rank states with the greatest number of residents affected by wildfire smoke for longer than a week.</p><p>Illinois and Missouri were ranked second and fourth respectively, despite having no wildfires of their own.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:47:13 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 30913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents Mark Twain National Forest lifts fire restrictions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mark-twain-national-forest-lifts-fire-restrictions <p>After some welcome rainfall, Mark Twain National Forest in south-central Missouri is no longer restricting open fires.</p><p>Forest officials say <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remnants-isaac-pass-through-region">remnants of Hurricane Isaac</a> dropped enough rain on the forest in the last week to at least temporarily ease fire dangers.</p><p>Acting Forest Supervisor Teresa Chase said Wednesday that the open fire restrictions implemented June 27 are no longer in effect.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:47:55 +0000 The Associated Press 4501 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mark Twain National Forest lifts fire restrictions Wildfire threat in Mo. will be higher this fall, Nixon says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wildfire-threat-mo-will-be-higher-fall-nixon-says <P>Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.</P> <P><A href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</A> (D)&nbsp;presided over a drought briefing today at the<A href="http://www.mostatefair.com/home"> Missouri State Fair </A>for emergency management and public safety workers.&nbsp; He says the wildfire risk will stretch into fall, as drought conditions are now expected to last through November.</P> <P>“It makes common sense," Nixon told reporters afterward.&nbsp; "When the leaves get brown, they’re easier to burn than when they’re green, and Fri, 17 Aug 2012 01:05:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wildfire threat in Mo. will be higher this fall, Nixon says Another fire burns in Mark Twain National Forest http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/another-fire-burns-mark-twain-national-forest <p>Firefighters say it make take a week to fully contain another <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5379955.pdf">wildfire</a> burning in the Mark Twain National Forest.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:00:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Another fire burns in Mark Twain National Forest New fires break out in Mark Twain National Forest http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-fires-break-out-mark-twain-national-forest <p>Federal officials say two fires in southern Missouri&#39;s Mark Twain National Forest have been contained, but new ones have broken out.</p><p>The Forest Service said Tuesday that mop-up operations are under way at the 622-acre East End Fire near the Iron County town of Bixby. <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arson-suspected-causing-large-mark-twain-fire">Arson is suspect in that blaze,</a> which broke out last Thursday.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:38:59 +0000 The Associated Press 4039 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New fires break out in Mark Twain National Forest Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 3, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-july-3-2012 <p><strong>Nixon seeks permission to ease land restrictions during drought</strong></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to allow farmers to graze cattle on land that&#39;s been taken out of crop production as part of a federal conservation effort.</p><p>Farmers in the state have about 1.4 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to plant other vegetation instead of cash crops like corn or soybeans. Livestock grazing is allowed on the land when there&#39;s a 40 percent shortage of hay and precipitation.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:23:05 +0000 The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann & Illinois Public Radio 4037 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Arson suspected of causing large Mark Twain fire http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arson-suspected-causing-large-mark-twain-fire <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=mark+twain+national+forest&amp;aq=&amp;sll=39.465648,-91.800607&amp;sspn=0.116488,0.264187&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=mark+twain+national+forest&amp;t=m&amp;cid=5120317389761547100&amp;hnear=&amp;ll=39.206719,-91.483154&amp;spn=2.979431,4.669189&amp;z=7&amp;iwloc=A&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=mark+twain+national+forest&amp;aq=&amp;sll=39.465648,-91.800607&amp;sspn=0.116488,0.264187&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=mark+twain+national+forest&amp;t=m&amp;cid=5120317389761547100&amp;hnear=&amp;ll=39.206719,-91.483154&amp;spn=2.979431,4.669189&amp;z=7&amp;iwloc=A" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p>Arson is the suspected cause of<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crews-battling-fires-mark-twain-national-forest"> a fire that burned about 620 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest</a>.</p><p>The U.S. Forest Service said Monday that law enforcement is investigating. The blaze started Thursday morning in southeast Missouri&#39;s Iron County.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:51:40 +0000 The Associated Press 4032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Monday, July 2, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-july-2-2012 <p><strong>Fireworks cancelations climb as heat lingers</strong></p><p>The list of communities canceling their fireworks displays this year is growing longer.</p><p>St. Louis County announced today that it&#39;s postponing Tuesday&#39;s concert and fireworks at Jefferson Barracks County Park in South County because officials could not secure a permit from Lemay.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:40:07 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 4030 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Monday, July 2, 2012 Mo. campers urged to use local firewood http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-campers-urged-use-local-firewood <p><em>Jacob McCleland contributed reporting for this story.</em></p><p>With the unofficial start of the summer season behind us, the Missouri Department of Conservation is urging campers not to transport firewood - in an effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 11:22:46 +0000 KRCU 3796 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. campers urged to use local firewood Mo. Fire Marshal: let professionals handle fireworks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-fire-marshal-let-professionals-handle-fireworks <p>Fireworks stands are open for business across Missouri as the Independence Day holiday weekend approaches.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span id="lw_1309294753_5">State Fire Marshal Randy Cole is advising the public that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to let trained professional at public displays shoot them off. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:17:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1525 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Fire Marshal: let professionals handle fireworks