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Fire Code Overview

The Boone County Fire Protection District operates under the 2012 International Fire Code which was adopted as an ordinance by the board of directors. With this adoption there is also some local amendments here which address more specific issues within the fire district.

As our own political subdivision we are the authority having jurisdiction within our fire district boundaries including the nine different municipalities which we serve. This jurisdiction extends to all commercial properties and residential properties larger than a duplex. We do not have jurisdiction over single family and duplex structures. Those fall within the jurisdiction of Boone County Government.

The Life Safety division reviews plans for commercial properties as outlined in the International Fire Code for compliance before construction. At this time there is no plan submittal or review fee applied by the fire district. These plans are submitted to Boone County Government and a copy is sent to our office. All plan review notes are then distributed through the lead plans examiner with the county. This process was put into place for the convenience of the developer to only have to submit plans to one location.

Inspections

New construction inspections are also scheduled through the Boone County Government office. As inspections pertaining to the fire code arise, we are notified and will perform those inspections together with a county building inspector.

The Life Safety Bureau also performs fire prevention inspections on existing commercial properties within our boundaries and municipalities. These preventive inspections are based on the 2012 International Fire Code for existing structures. The fire district will also perform courtesy inspections for home safety and fire prevention when requested by calling (573) 447-5000.

Permits

The Boone County Fire Protection District issues commercial fireworks permits and construction blasting permits. If you are planning either one of these types of activities please contact the fire marshal at 573-447-5000 for further information.

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Boone County Fire Protection District Warns Residents of Red Flag Fire Conditions Today

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 a.m. TO 6 p.m. CST THURSDAY.

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

With the lack of moisture and temperatures on the rise, the Boone County Fire Protection District would like to offer these reminders to the citizens of Boone County who choose to burn during the coming weeks, however, we would ask that NO BURNING occur when wind speeds exceeds 5-10 mph.

Here are a few reminders for everyone to follow:
• If you live in the County there is open burning for natural vegetation. If you live within the city limits of Columbia you will need a burn permit issued by the Columbia Fire Department. Please check with your local municipality for regulations on burning.
• Check local weather forecasts before any open burning. Winds can be very sporadic this time of year.
• Winds are typically calmer and humidity is typically higher during the morning hours.
• Be sure to provide a safe barrier around your prescribed burn. This may be achieved by mowing a clean strip around the area or by scrapping it down to bare dirt.
• Have a water source nearby. A garden hose works well if used early in the event of a fire moving to quickly.
• Never burn materials that are close to any structure.
• Burn small areas at a time.
• Never leave a fire area unattended whether it is a burn barrel or a prescribed burn.
• If burning in a barrel try to place a metal screen to avoid large embers from escaping the barrel. These embers can travel some distance and still start a fire.
• Notify the Joint Communications Center at 573-442-6131 before lighting your fire.
• Call 911 immediately if the fire grows larger or moves more rapidly than anticipated.
• If your fire burns out of control and causes damage to someone else’s property, you will be held liable for damages. This includes buildings, crops and even grasses.
• When in doubt call your local fire department for advice before burning.

For more information contact the Boone County Fire Protection District at 573-447-5000 during normal business hours and 573-219-0677 during nights and weekends or your local fire jurisdiction.
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February 16th, 9:01 am  ·  

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There is a red flag warning today from 11:00am-6:00pm. Grasses and other fuels are dry. Please don't burn as weather conditions will lend themselves to extreme fire behavior and can quickly become out of control. ... See MoreSee Less

February 16th, 7:38 am  ·  

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