Severe drought poses issue for burning leaves

Leaves are everywhere and burning them might not be the best decision. That's because drought conditions across the Ozarks are worse now.

Friday's fire danger risk is at moderate. While there are no fire bans in place you might want to avoid doing any burning as drought conditions have increased. We're now under a severe drought with not much rain in sight.

"The big thing I've noticed is if they don't supervise it and it seems like unsupervised fires," said Capt. Ryan Turner, Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District. You don't realize how quick fire moves until there's bad conditions and it gets out of control."

You don't want to burn when the winds are greater than 5 mph and the humidity is below 40%. Plus, with how dry it is outside leaves become an easy fuel for a fire to spread.

"If you're thinking about burning leaves this weekend I would recommend calling your local fire station to see what their conditions are and see what they would recommend," Turner said. "If they recommend burning it's probably safe to do so if they don't recommend it I would push it off for another day."

If you do end up burning your leaves make sure to have water near by or use a burn barrel with a lid.

"Make sure you're not burning next to any buildings. Anything like that, nothing else that could catch on fire. Make sure there's not tall grass that'll burn really quickly,"Turner explained. "So, low grass, dirt preferably and keep an eye on it."

Another alternative you can do to bypass that hassle is just mulch your leaves and leave it in your yard. Of course there's also recycling.