The Park Hills Fire Chief Jackie Wagganer has issued a ban on all open burning in the city, effective immediately.
Park Hills has been included in the D2 drought designation area by the National Weather Service (NWS). The city and surrounding area may become designated D3 for extreme drought in the next NWS review, Wagganer said.
In accord with the safety concerns, the mayor and the city administrator have stopped issuing any new burning permits for the foreseeable future.
Wagganer has also asked firefighters to contact an officer in the department if they see anyone violating the open burning ban. The public is asked to call 9-1-1 quickly if they see a fire now that no open burning is allowed.
“Please be careful with home fireworks displays,” Wagganer said. “Some outdoor fires have already resulted from fireworks this season. The city staff wishes you and your family a happy and safe Independence Day.”
Due to the extremely dry conditions and the high risk associated with commercial fireworks, Farmington officials have decided to cancel the 4th of July fireworks display and entertainment this year. Despite this disappointing news, they wish everyone a great 4th of July holiday.
The Farmington Fire Chief Todd Mecey has issued a ban on all open burning in the city, effective immediately.
Lake Timberline Paddle Club has canceled their fireworks display set for Saturday, June 30 due to the excessive heat and drought conditions. The event will be rescheduled for July 7.
The Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce will not be offering concessions during the fireworks display July 4 after all.
The city has decided to close the ballfields behind city hall that day due to the 2012 Babe Ruth Softball Missouri State Tournament which will be held there and in the dairy fields July 6-8. The state tournament will draw hundreds of players of all ages from all over the state.
The city park will be available for viewing.
Fire officials have said it is okay to go ahead with the fireworks display despite the drought conditions due to it being shot from the chat pile.