The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for Monday, so the Jefferson City Fire Department is asking residents to avoid open burning today.
The warning is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and was issued due to high winds and low humidity prevailing throughout the day.
Open burning is allowed during the day light hours until March 1 in Jefferson City. Fires must be attended at all times and out by sunset.
Fire officials said crews are dispatched in the night hours investigating complaints of yard waste left burning requiring firefighters to search neighborhoods for smoldering fires. This takes fire crews out of service to investigate unnecessary incidents when they should be ready to respond to real emergencies.
Jefferson City contracts with All Seasons Lawn Care to operate a local compost facility. Residents within city limits may take trimmings and yard waste originating from their personal property to the facility at no cost.