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Hunters Warned that Fire Danger is High

The Missouri Department of Conservation is warning hunters planning to head out on the first day of deer season Saturday (11/13) that the fire danger is high. The combination of low rainfall and lots of fuel in the form of dry leaves, dry plants and downed timber has created a high risk of wildfire in many parts of the state.The Department says, even if the Ozarks receives rain as forecasted over the next couple of days, a sunny weekend will quickly dry things out.Hunters are asked to choose a safe location for a campfire and never leave that fire unattended. The fire should be completely extinguished before heading home. Hunters are also advised not to drive through fields or grassy areas and to make sure all cigarette butts are extinguished before being discarded.The November portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season runs Saturday thru November 23rd.