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tf-5Missouri Task Force One (MOTF-1) is managed by the Boone County Fire Protection District. We are one of 28 Urban Search and Rescue teams in the United States.  The Task Force is designed to assist the local emergency agencies facing a disaster response both in-state and out-of-state.  The Task Force supplements the local emergency response and does not command or control the incident.  When the Task Force is deployed the team consists of 80 persons.  To ensure 80 persons can deploy at any given time, federal requirements mandate that each position be staffed three deep.  In total, 210 people are necessary to properly staff the Task Force.  These persons fill 18 separate and distinct job functions ranging from canine search specialist to physicians to rescue specialists and heavy equipment operators.  The Task Force is trained and equipped following the rigorous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines.  The Task Force has more than 17,000 separate equipment items that are maintained in inventory and sent when the Task Force is deployed. Total equipment cache weight is in excess of 40,000 pounds that is designed to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.

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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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